Lecture by Richard Campanella: Lincoln in New Orleans, The 1828-1831 Flatboat Voyages and their Place in History

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join Louisiana Landmarks Society

Thursday, October 5th at 6pm

At Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ

located at 1333 S. Carrollton Ave. 


In 1828, a teenaged Abraham Lincoln guided a flatboat down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. The adventure marked his first visit to a major city and exposed him to the nation's largest slave marketplace. It also nearly cost him his life, in a nighttime attack in the Louisiana plantation country. That trip, and a second one in 1831, would form the two longest journeys of Lincoln's life, his only visits to the Deep South, and his foremost experience in a racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse urban environment. Lincoln in New Orleans: The 1828-1831 Flatboat Voyages and Their Place in History reconstructs, to levels of detail and analyses never before attempted, the nature of those two journeys and examines their influence on Lincoln's life, presidency, and subsequent historiography.


Location of event: 

Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ
1333 S. Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA