Join us for a virtual Community Connections as, Abraham Lincoln, as portrayed by Kevin Wood, discusses his experience with political campaigns and elections. Mr. Lincoln describes his many interesting campaign and election experiences over a long and eventful career, during a time of political intrigue and tumult when the very destiny of our nation was at stake.
From 1832 when a humble 23-year-old political newcomer sought his neighbors’ vote to be one of their state representatives to 1864 when a politically savvy, incumbent President – beloved by some and hated by others – strove to unite a fractured nation, Mr. Lincoln’s campaign and election history is educational, entertaining, and inspirational.
Did you know that Lincoln once faced an opponent who slandered him as an infidel; that of nine direct elections by the people, he only lost once; that in his famous Senatorial defeat to Stephen Douglas he actually won the popular vote; that in a previous Senatorial attempt he sacrificed his own chance for the sake of principle; that at the 1860 Republican convention in Chicago his supporters used some trickery to improve his chances at the nomination; that in the 1860 general election he received less than 40% of the popular vote; or that in 1864 the Republican Party changed its name? Learn about all of this and much more as “Honest Abe” dishes on campaigns and elections, and shares some of the lessons he learned along the way.
Mr. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter who bears a remarkable resemblance to “the Great Emancipator” and who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times. Mr. Wood has been portraying Abraham Lincoln since the year 2000. He has made over 1,100 appearances in 23 states plus Washington DC and two foreign countries.
This program is a pre-recorded video that will be available for viewing for a period of one week. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/g5L2M0FoI-M. Also look for links to the video on the Library's social media accounts. No registration is required.
Community Connections is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.