Events: Presidential Lecture Series

“Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan”

  • September 29, 2017
  • 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA
  • Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm
  • FREE
Pictured is Michael F. Holt, Ph.D. of Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.

LancasterHistory.org kicks off the 2017 Presidential Lecture series on Friday, September 29, 2017 with Dr. Michael F. Holt for Sink Hole: How Kansas Crises Doomed the Presidencies of Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Holt’s presentation will explore how the two critical changes in the United State’s rule of law, the 1854 Kansas Nebraska Act and the 1857 Dred Scott Decision, created political tripping stones that destroyed the Presidencies of the 14th and 15th Presidents of the United States.

Michael F. Holt, Ph.D. is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History Emeritus at the University of Virginia. Dr. Holt received his Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University and his doctorate at Johns Hopkins. He is the author of six books, including the award-winning The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party and By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876. One the United State’s most prolific and influential scholars on antebellum politics, Dr. Holt served as a keynote speaker at the 2008 President James Buchanan National Symposium at LancasterHistory.org.

Event Information: This event takes place in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org. A social gathering begins at 4pm, followed by the lecture at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking available on-site.

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Expansionism Denied: President Buchanan’s Failed Quest to Annex Cuba

LancasterHistory.org continues the 2017 Presidential Lecture Series on Thursday, October 19, 2017 with Dr. Amy S. Greenberg for Expansionism Denied: President Buchanan’s Failed Quest to Annex Cuba. During his tenure as Secretary of State under President Polk, Buchanan sought the annexation of the island of Cuba. Greenberg’s presentation will explore how Buchanan was once again denied the annexation of Cuba during his own Presidency as he continued to pursue his interest in securing the island for the United States.

Amy S. Greenberg is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities at Penn State University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1995, and B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in 1989. Her four books include Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012), and most recently, A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Alfred A. Knopf, cloth: 2012; Vintage Books revised paperback edition, 2013), which was awarded book prizes from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Western History Association, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Event Information: This event takes place in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org. A social gathering begins at 4pm, followed by the lecture at 4:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking available on-site.

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October 19, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm FREE

A Question of Sovereignties: James Buchanan, Utah Territory, & the Onset of a Federal West

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November 9, 2017 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA Social at 4pm | Lecture at 4:30pm FREE