Weber Historical Society

FALL 2016

“Lincoln and the Uncivil War on Immigration”

Dr. Harold Holzer

Monday, Sept. 19
7 p.m., Dumke Hall
The Hurst Learning Center

Immigration—its reform and/or restriction—is not a new issue in American politics. In fact, during the most divisive age in our history, even while he focused much of his attention on slavery, secession, and rebellion, Abraham Lincoln confronted the hot-button issue of immigration with surprising consistency and high-minded generosity (along with a surprising dose of bare-knuckles political manipulation). In this talk, Harold Holzer explores Lincoln’s ongoing leadership role in the heated, ongoing battle over foreign immigration to America—an uncivil war unto itself even as a real Civil War broke out between North and South. Lincoln had much to say on the issue as a rising local politician, as a Congressman, as a politician, as president—and even during a temporary and largely unknown stint as editor of his own foreign-language newspaper! As always, Lincoln offers revealing insights into his complex day and age—and guidance for our own. 


“Avoiding the Great Filter: Climate Change and the American West”

Dr. Sara Dant

Monday, Oct. 3   
7 p.m., Dumke Hall 
The Hurst Learning Center

Historical narratives often concentrate on wars and politics while leaving out the central role and influence of the physical stage on which history is carried out. In Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West, Professor Sara Dant traces the environmental history and development of the American West by focusing on three important themes: balancing economic success and ecological protection; avoiding “the tragedy of the commons;” and achieving sustainability, and explains how the land has shaped and been shaped by the people who live there. In her talk for the Weber Historical Society, she will discuss the Fermi Paradox as it relates to contemporary climate change issues in the West.


“A Sixty-Year Hitch with the Utah War: Surprises and Conclusions”

William P. MacKinnon

Monday, Nov. 7     
7 p.m., Dumke Hall 
The Hurst Learning Center

With the recent publication of the second volume of At Sword's Point: A Documentary History of the Utah War, Bill MacKinnon completes sixty years of research and writing about one of the seminal events in the history of Utah, Mormonism, and the American West. This talk discusses surprises encountered along the way as well as Bill's main conclusions, including the role of Ogden's premier gunsmiths, Jonathan Browning and John Ash.  Come prepared with the questions you've always wanted to ask about our country's greatest and most expensive military adventure between the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. Connect this conflict to Russia's sale of Alaska, discovery of the Grand Canyon, and Brigham Young's 1858 Move South to Sonora


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