Campanella, who lives in New Orleans, will explore the two impactful journeys a teenaged Abraham Lincoln made to New Orleans and the Deep South in 1828 and 1831. These two journeys exposed him to the nation’s largest slave marketplace, as well as a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse urban environment.
The lecture will examine the previously unexplored details of Lincoln’s two journeys and how they later influenced his life and presidency. Campanella will also place the tale in its historical context, exploring river commerce and New Orleans in the Antebellum era.
Campanella is a geographer/senior professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture. He is the author of seven critically acclaimed books and numerous articles on the geography of New Orleans and is also a monthly columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Preservation in Print and Louisiana Cultural Vistas.
The only two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award, he has also received the Louisiana Literary Award and the Williams Prize for Louisiana History.
Lectures are open to the public and cost is $65 for the series. For more information or to register, call 337-475-5616 or visit www.mcneese.edu/leisure.
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