San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
                           Thursday 19th November 2015
                        at the United Irish Cultural Center
                        2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
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    The meeting opened at 6:45pm with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by
Gil
Lopez
, and the introduction of guests.      
    
      The president announced that the December meeting will include a Book
Raffle that promises to surpass all previous such events and make a major
contribution to the Round Table exchequer.

      Long time SFCWRT member
Art Buckley
presented a paper on "Abraham Lincoln and
American Slavery."
      He recounted the many attempts to address
the issue of slavery which had to be tempered to
retain the support of the border states, which did
not want to see the "peculiar institution" abolished.
Lincoln and Congress attempted many solutions,
including purchase of slaves and "colonization," i.e.
deportation. None were successful.
      Finally, in a rising tide of Northern support
for abolition, and following the Union victory at
Antietam, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on the first of
January 1863.

      Program Chair
Bob Hubbs announced that the December speaker will be
Phil Avila and his topic will be General William Barksdale and the Battle of
Antietam.

      The meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.