San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
Thursday 18th February 2016
at the United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
The meeting commenced at 6:45pm with the Pledge of Allegiance, led
by Steve Harrington.
President Doyle reminded members that the March meeting date will be
March 24th, not March 17th (for obvious reasons).
Board members caucus ?
Author Christopher Webber spoke on
"Lincoln at Cooper Union:
the Speech that Changed American History," from
a chapter in his book on great American orators,
"Give Me Liberty."
At the beginning of the election year, 1860,
Abraham Lincoln was a little-known Illinois
lawyer who had served one term in Congress and
lost an election to the Senate to Stephen Douglas
after an epic series of debates. An invitation to
speak at the Cooper Union, New York City's
newest public space, provided the opportunity for
Lincoln to introduce himself to the Eastern establishment of the
Chris told the story story of that speech, how it was put together, how
Lincoln got to New York, and the impact of the speech, which he
describes as "a pivotal moment in American history."
After some discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 8:459m.