Abraham Lincoln

Joshua Haiar

In The Moment ... August 13, 2019 Show 636 Hour 2

Author and political scientist Jon Schaff joins SDPB's Lori Walsh for an in-depth look at Abraham Lincoln during the Brown Bag Book Club. We get beyond Lincoln as a talking point and explore what understanding his statesmanship offers Americans today. Schaff's new book is Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy. Schaff is a regular contributor to In The Moment's Dakota Political Junkies.

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A Replica of Abraham Lincoln's casket is now on display at the Cultural Heritage Museum in Pierre.

On the evening of April 14 in the year 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary were attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. A confederate spy and actor, John Wilks Booth, entered the Presidential Box seating area and shot President Lincoln in the back of the head. The President was pronounced dead, early the next morning.

Almost 150 years later, Jay Smith stands beside a casket on display in Pierre.