All three Railsplitters talk about the quagmire surrounding Lincoln just hours after his inauguration, Fort Sumter. We start with a quick conversation on the proposed HBO show Confederate and close with a very creepy This Week in Lincoln.
We explore Lincoln’s legacy with regard to race with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Dr. Kendi earned the 2016 National Book Award for his work Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. We talk about Lincoln’s role in the history of racist and anti-racist ideas, Dr. Kendi’s book, and about race in America today. Please send us your feedback @railsplitter pod on Twitter or Instagram or by joining our Facebook group. Today’s episode is just a small part of the vital ongoing natoinal conversation about race, but it is one we are proud to have been able to do.
We have a third Railsplitter this week! Blogger Civil War Fangirl joins us to chat about the latter stages of the Civil War. We talk about parrellels between Sherman and Lincoln and what that meant for the end of the war and beyond. We also have an excellent submission for This Week in Lincoln from Mary, Civil War Fangirl herself!
We talk with National Park Service Ranger Rose Harmon who works at the Lincoln Home! She shares some great stories about the famous house on 8th and Jackson in Springfield and some of her experiences as a ranger there. Ranger Rose’s passion for her work, knowledge and appreciation for Lincoln, and fun and engaging demeanor made this interview an absolute treat!
We visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and chatted with Dr. James Cornelius, the curator of the Lincoln collection. Dr. Cornelius’s knowledge of Lincoln and his ability to humanize him in conversation is truly breathtaking. This conversation left us thinking about the collection and Lincoln for days. What a treat is was to meet and talk with one of the sharpest Lincoln minds in the world!
We have Jacopo della Quercia as a guest this week! He wrote The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy. He talks about Lincoln, his writing process, the novel, and much more. He was a delight to have on the show! We also reveal a long term project we are starting for Railsplitter Nation. Check it out!
Welcome to the Main Event! This week we talk about Lincoln’s legacy as an amazingly talented wrestler and what it means about his character and his legacy. As always, we will end with our patented finishing move, This Week in Lincoln! Follow us @railsplitterpod on Twitter and Instagram or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The episode is linked below. Enjoy!