Q & Abe
Did Lincoln ever worry he was unqualified to be president?
Season 3, Ep. 4
In this episode, we're exploring a question from a friend of the Cottage about Lincoln's self doubt and what it means to be qualified for the presidency. Encounters along the way include rowdy 1860s politics, imposter syndrome, the Constitution, and a formula for courage. Come along with us!
Bonus: The Derringer05:13This bonus episode accompanies episode 5.3, "Why would Maryland do that?"Terry Alford told us more about Booth’s weapon, and Alex Wood encouraged us to think deeper about place(s) of memory.www.lincolncottage.org
3. Why would Maryland do that?41:39For this episode, we're talking about a question we got from a student trying to understand the reasons behind Lincoln’s assassination. Along the way we’ll encounter a troubling relationship to cats, one of history’s most dramatic moments, and resources to stop radicalization in the present. Come along with us!Guests:Terry AlfordAlex WoodBrian Hugheswww.lincolncottage.orghttps://www.lincolncottage.org/learn/podcast/
Bonus: Celebrations and Response Times06:48This bonus episode accompanies episode 5.2, "How fast did emancipation happen?"Greg Downs recounted other emancipation celebrations you may not have heard of, and General Blanchard ran us through how the National Guard's timeline for deployment works. www.lincolncottage.org
2. How fast did emancipation happen?41:02For this episode, we're talking about a question we got from a British couple curious about the aftermath of the Emancipation Proclamation. Along the way we wander through several alternate timelines, the experience of Black soldiers, and the contemporary work of the National Guard. Come along with us!Guests:Holly Pinheiro Jr.Gregory DownsBG Leland Blanchardwww.lincolncottage.org
Bonus: 19th Century Queer06:16This bonus episode accompanies episode 5.1, "Was Lincoln gay?"Hugh Ryan shared an additional story of queer life in the 19th century, and Callie had a scenario she wanted to run by him to help understand how people in Springfield may have seen Lincoln and Speed. www.lincolncottage.org
1. Was Lincoln gay?42:28For this episode, we're answering a question we've gotten from young people curious about Lincoln's relationships. Along the way we talk about gossipy Springfield, Illinois in the 1840s, Lincoln's close friend Joshua Speed, the invention of the term "straight," and how museums can tell queer stories. Come along with us!Guests:Charles StrozierMargaret MiddletonHugh Ryanwww.lincolncottage.org
Bonus: Resonance Then and Now06:38This bonus episode accompanies episode 4.3, "Did Lincoln ever play basketball?"Curtis Harris told us a little more about how the aftermath of the Civil War affected the ideologies behind the invention of basketball, and Len Elmore spoke to us about how he tries to share the long arc of history with his students. www.lincolncottage.org
3. Did Lincoln ever play basketball?38:30For this episode, we're answering a question from a young person impressed by Lincoln's height. Along the way we talk about the peach basket story, Lincoln's wrestling bouts, whether he would've been able to keep up in the NBA, and the intersection of sports and activism. Come along with us!Guests:Curtis HarrisTamika DudleyLen ElmoreLee Roy Smithwww.lincolncottage.org
Bonus: Furniture Details04:14This bonus episode accompanies episode 4.2, "Where's all the furniture?"Erin Carlson Mast explains how the interpretation team made the decision that it was going to be ok for visitors to sit on the antique furniture in the house, and tells the story of how the Cottage acquired some objects from when Lincoln was in residence.www.lincolncottage.org