Lincoln on Immigration and America’s Place in the World

On Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., the Leavenworth Public Library is hosting a presentation by Abraham Lincoln, who will share his experiences and thoughts on the subjects of immigration, nativism, international relations and the global significance of the American Civil War.

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 also writes a blog on his website – “Loath to Close… Still!” – which encourages others to reflect upon and learn from President Lincoln’s life and legacy.

In his presentation, Mr. Lincoln discusses the history of immigration in our country, focusing especially on the years from 1830 to 1860 when the rate of immigration increased dramatically and immigrant groups became more diverse. He also discusses the responses to this shift in immigration, including the rise of nativism and attempts to limit the influence of the new immigrants.

Mr. Lincoln also discusses own experiences with immigrants and their place in America. He ties this all in with the related issues of world events and international relations, especially with respect to Europe and Latin America. And he shows how the American Civil War was important not only to the cause of liberty in our own nation, but also to the future of republican/democratic movements in other parts of the world.

This program is most appropriate for adults and for older youth/teenagers (recommended for 12 years old on up). Younger children are still welcome, but may not find the material particularly interesting. For more information, please contact Cindy McGuire, the library’s Programming/Marketing Coordinator, at 913-682-5666 ext. 5100 or email