Uneasy Partners: Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, LBJ and Martin Luther King Jr.

March 26, 2009

Juan Williams of National Public Radio moderated a discussion of the relationships between Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Baines Johnson and the most influential African American leaders of their day, Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the National Museum of American History presented an engaging public dialog series to accompany its exhibition, "Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life."

John Stauffer of Harvard University and author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, and Nick Kotz author of Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws That Changed America discussed the relationships between these two presidents and two legendary Civil Rights leaders.

This program was made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant through the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and its traveling exhibition "Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times."