“Taking the Measure of Lincoln’s Body, in Death and Life” by Richard Fox

Part of the Illinois Bicentennial Lecture Series

In our time, Lincoln is famous for his words, his deeds, and his character. In his day, he was known for his words, deeds, character, and physical frame. This lecture will show how his body added materially to his public reputation and his self-conception. Lincoln's courageous walk through downtown Richmond on April 4, 1865— a deed largely forgotten today because on that occasion he spoke no recorded words— gives us the key to understanding what his body meant to him and to many of his compatriots, black and white.

This event is organized by the Center for Historical Interpretation in the Department of History.

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All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.