New for Fall:
Lincoln, Grant, & Twain: Three for the Century
August 29–September 4, 2010!
Let HistoryAmerica TOURS and historian Catherine Clinton take you into the Heartland of America with Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Mark Twain, August 29–September 4. Travel to Missouri and Illinois and relive in detail the life and times of the three most influential men of the 19th century.
Abraham Lincoln has been discussed, debated, and written about perhaps more than any other figure from the 19th century. His personality was distinctly American, and his leadership undoubtedly saved the United States. An admirer and avid reader of Burns, Byron, Shakespeare, as well as the Old Testament, Lincoln was the most literary of our presidents. His views on love, liberty, and human nature were shaped by his reading and knowledge of literature. Come walk in the footsteps of Lincoln from his boyhood days in New Salem to his final resting place at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
You also will see White Haven, the early home of Ulysses and Julia Grant, as a microcosm of the issues that faced the nation before the Civil War. Working here alongside slaves, Grant rose from the obscurity of common people to become one of the most uncommon of men and the Union general who won the war. He may perhaps be considered the first true "world leader" and was viewed by most people abroad as the "Hero of Freedom" or the "King of America." In the words of Britain's Lord Provost in 1877, "The great and good Lincoln struck down the poisonous tree of slavery, but Grant tore it up by the roots, so that it should never live in his country to suck nutriment from its soil."
Of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway wrote, "All modern American literature comes from one book called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There is nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." 2010 marks the 175th anniversary of Mark Twain's birth, the 125th anniversary of his pinnacle work Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the 100th anniversary of his death. On a walking tour of Hannibal with "Mark Twain Himself" you will explore the public perception of Twain and the legacy of his writings. Here you will learn about his riverboat days on the Mississippi and of his friendship with Grant that led to the publication the General's memoirs.
All three men were conspicuous for the possession of that most uncommon of all virtues, common sense. Despising the flair for fanaticism, they shrank from posing for effect, or indulging in mock heroics. There is still space on this new and enlightening tour. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn more about Lincoln, Grant, and Twain: Three for the Century with acclaimed scholar and historian Catherine Clinton.