Allen Guelzo on Free Speech and the First Amendment: Author and historian Allen Guelzo gave a lecture on free speech and the First Amendment. He discussed student protests against invited speakers to college campuses and warned against activists who he said aim to silence political speech by redefining it as "culture". He also expressed his thoughts on the practice of NFL players kneeling in protest during the playing of the national anthem. The forum was hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia. 

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See Dr. Guelzo teach a class, "Introduction to the american civil war era," at Gettysburg College on Abraham Lincoln, his views on slavery, and the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision.

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Abraham Lincoln's Record and Reputation Allen Guelzo, author of Redeeming the Great Emancipator, talked about President Lincoln’s record and reputation.

“Hating Lincoln, or, Why So Many Americans Think the Great Emancipator is No Longer Great or an Emancipator” was part of the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium exploring the 16th president’s life, career, and legacy. 

the gettysburg foundation sacred trust talks 2016 - Did Robert E. Lee commit treason?

"Within weeks of the end of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee was indicted by a Federal court for treason. The possibility of a treason trial weighed so heavily on Lee that he even appealed to Ulysses S. Grant to have the indictment quashed. But was he, even technically, guilty as charged?"

SHS Alumni Profiles: Allen C. Guelzo


Lincoln is one of America’s best-loved presidents. Does he really need redemption? Allen C. Guelzo says yes, in his new book called, appropriately, Redeeming the Great Emancipator.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Guelzo explains why Lincoln suffers a barrage of attacks today, what motivated him to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and whether he was a racist and an atheist.  

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with Bill Plante of CBS News at Ford's Theatre, April 15, 2015

"Lincoln's Strangest Document: The Cabinet Memorandum of August 23, 1864" Sacred Trust Lectures Series, July 2014, Gettysburg National Military Park

"Lincoln's Strangest Document: The Cabinet Memorandum of August 23, 1864" Despite Abraham Lincoln's best hopes at the start of 1864, the campaigns of that year did not seem to be bringing the end of the war any closer than those of the preceding years.

"Little Note Nor Long Remember? Why Do We Remember the Gettysburg Address?" Washington & Lee University, February 12, 2014

"Allen C. Guelzo, one of the nation's most distinguished scholars of Abraham Lincoln, delivers the keynote address for Washington and Lee University's observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Lee Chapel. The title of Guelzo's talk is " 'Little Note nor Long Remember': Why Do We Remember the Gettysburg Address?"

Praise for:

"While I have known of your work for a long time, sadly, I had never heard you give a talk until January 31, 2018. I found you on when you spoke on the Gettysburg Address at Washington and Lee University in 2014. Your speech is the best historical oration I have ever heard! Your presentation was rich in content; substantial, and you were able to deliver the material with poise, power, and the clarity possessed by some of our greatest orators-FDR, JFK, and MLK, Jr. You are an amazing talent-a gifted historian and presenter. Your knowledge of President Abraham Lincoln probably made him blush from the heavens. After hearing your speech, I could not long resist sending you this note. Thank you for modeling what it means to be an historian, and how a scholar can positively impact our society."

- Stephen Middleton

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, February 27, 2008

"Who Won the Lincoln-Douglas Debates?" University of Nevada at Las Vegas, 2010

"Music in the Lincoln White House"  February 9, 2013


A World Premiere - Randol Bass: "A New Birth of Freedom"

 This work was commissioned by the “President’s Own” Marine Band of Washington, DC in 2009, in anticipation of a special performance by that ensemble on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. This narrative piece features the recitation of Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg address. performance of the wind-ensemble version of this composition by the “President’s Own” Marine Band, under the baton of Lt. Col. Michael J. Colburn and with narration by Dr. Allen Guelzo. 

in the East Room of the White House, with Avery Brooks:

the road to Emancipation, February 10, 2008

Start at 19:00 for "The Road to Emancipation"

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