Richard Etulain

Abraham Lincoln and the American West

This illustrated program deals with Lincoln’s links with the American West. From the Oregon and Mexican War controversies in the 1840s, through the conflicts over the extension of slavery in the 1850s, and on to the Homestead Act, the transcontinental railroad, and College Land-Grant legislation in his presidency, Lincoln was connected to the West. This presentation also deals with Lincoln’s contacts with Indians, Mormons, and regions such as the Pacific Northwest, California, the Southwest, and the Great Plains. Abraham Lincoln helped shape what has become the modern American West.