Was Buchanan A Slaveholder? (And Why That Matters)

Was Buchanan A Slaveholder? (And Why That Matters)

Image of Dr. Matthew Pinsker.
Matthew Pinsker, Ph.D. (Photo by Ryan Burke)

On Thursday, September 30, Dr. Matthew Pinsker, Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History at Dickinson College, will join LancasterHistory virtually to analyze and discuss James Buchanan’s personal relationship to slavery and enslaved people, raising questions about how we today should remember Buchanan’s sometimes-complicated private experiences with “the peculiar institution.” In discussing Buchanan’s legacy regarding enslavement and servitude, Pinsker will draw on new insights from Dickenson and Slavery, a special exhibit based on the work of the House Divided Project at Dickinson College.

Matthew Pinsker, Ph.D. is the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and serves as Director of the House Divided Project, an innovative effort to build digital resources on the Civil War era. Matt has held visiting fellowships at the U.S. Army War College, National Constitution Center, and New America Foundation. He graduated from Harvard College and received a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. Matt is the author of two books: Abraham Lincoln (CQ Press, 2002) and Lincoln’s Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home (Oxford University Press, 2003). His next book is forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co., tentatively entitled, Boss Lincoln: Understanding Abraham Lincoln’s Partisan Leadership.


This event will take place online via Zoom on September 30, 2021 at 7pm Eastern. This is NOT an in-person event.

The program is free and open to the public but requires advance registration. Register online by clicking “Get Tickets” below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Your link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you upon successful registration. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we highly recommend reading our Virtual Event Guide & FAQ in advance the of the event. Registration closes online on September 30 at 6:50pm ET.

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Online/Virtual Event Lecture

September 30, 2021 Online via Zoom 7pm Eastern FREE | Registration Required