March 27, 2015 — When it comes to restoring enthusiasm in American history for kids, and adults, David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American Foundation is leading the way. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination, Smith appeared on News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live with one of his advisors — historian and Civil War scholar Adam Goodheart, director of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.
- Let’s start with Adam, who is the author of the acclaimed book, “1861,” and the upcoming title, “1865.” As we commemorate on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, tell us about your books. They present a gripping and original account of how that war began, and then unfolded.
- David: You are a big fan of Abraham Lincoln, and although he was not a Founding Father, he was a great believer in their ideals. Did the Emancipation Proclamation put into motion — formally — the issue of freeing the slaves, which had been abandoned during the writing of the Declaration of Independence?
- And David: Do you have any predictions about how Black-White relations might have worked out if Lincoln had not been assassinated, and had lived a long post-presidential life?
- Adam: Organizations such as Lincoln’s Cottage are having several events in commemorate the 150th anniversary. Tell us a little about Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center, and what you are doing to mark this milestone.