York CWRT February speaker

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Jim Lewin
of the York Emporium will be the featured speaker at the February 18 meeting of the York Civil War Round Table (7:00 PM, 250 E. Market Street, free admission, free parking). Jim will be speaking on Abraham Lincoln as seen by the media of the Civil War period, adapted from his popular book Lines of Contention.


Jim writes:
“The presentation will center on the attitudes of the then-contemporary civilian population toward the politics and issues surrounding the American Civil War as conveyed by political cartoonists of the day. Drawing upon original material published during the period by Leslie’s Illustrated, Harper’s Weekly, Punch, Vanity Fair and others, the talk will include graphic presentation of several dozen cartoons. The general reference for the evening will be “Lines of Contention: Political Cartoons of the Civil War” (HarperCollins under the Smithsonian imprint, August 2007, 205 pgs plus Index; $19.95; ISBN 978-0-06-113788-4). I am co-author, along with my wife Pam.
This was our fourth book. Others include, “How To Feed An Army”, “Witness to the Civil War” (a main selection of the History Book Club and a featured alternate of the Book-of-the-Month Club) and “How To Tell A Secret”. We have appeared on the Food Network’s “The Secret Life Of…” in connection with “How To Feed An Army”. A fifth, yet to be published, is “How To Party Like Its 1899″. We are currently researching a work on Pennsylvania Dutch Pow-wow and a novel centering on the first Lincoln assassination attempt.”
We are the owners of The York Emporium used book and curiosity shop on West Market Street in downtown York and the owners of the York Book and Paper Fair (celebrating its 25th year in 2009).
We live in Hellam.

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