Seward and Stanton: Friends, Rivals, and Colleagues

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Date(s) - 11/12/2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church


Renowned historian Walter Stahr, author of ‘Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man’ (2012), returns to Auburn to discuss his latest biography drawn from President Lincoln’s vaunted ‘Team of Rivals’ cabinet, Edwin Stanton. The recently-released book, ‘Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary’ (2017), is being widely praised. Reviewers have heralded it as “a masterly account of one of the great characters of the Civil War” and “a work of stunning force and literary excellence.”

In a presentation uniquely and exclusively prepared for Mr. Seward’s hometown, Stahr explores the lives, careers, and legacies of Seward and Stanton in tandem. He reveals a complex relationship of simultaneous warmth and tension, competitiveness and compassion, and trust and suspicion between Lincoln’s Secretaries of State and War. As each man jockeyed for position with their President, both also learned to form bonds in service of the greatest crisis of their age: the Civil War.

Stahr will sign copies of ‘Seward’ and ‘Stanton’ after his talk. Both will be available for purchase at the event.