Lecture by Martha Hodes, Professor of History, New York University
Exploring the nation’s first presidential assassination on a human scale, prize-winning historian Martha Hodes is the first to delve into personal and intimate responses: of African Americans and whites, men and women, Yankees and Confederates, soldiers and civilians. Drawing on a remarkable range of diaries and letters from the spring and summer of 1865, including holdings at the Schlesinger Library, Hodes tells a story not only of shock and sorrow, but also of glee, anger, blame, and fear. Black freedom and the fate of the nation were at stake for everyone, whether they grieved or rejoiced when they heard the news.
Hodes is the author of Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press, 2015), The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century (W. W. Norton, 2006), one of three finalists for the Lincoln Book Prize, and White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South (Yale University Press, 1997), winner of the Allan Nevins Prize for Literary Distinction in the Writing of History. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Whiting Foundation. She is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians.
Hodes will be introduced by Susan Ware AM ’73, PhD ’78, Senior Advisor to the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute.
Copies of Mourning Lincoln are available at the Harvard Coop.
The event is free and open to the public. A video of the lecture will be available online in early May on this site and on Harvard's YouTube channel.