Lecture: Leadership After Great Upheaval


November 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm

What If Lincoln and FDR Had Lived?

The crises of the Civil War and World War II didn't end when the shooting stopped. In some ways, the challenges facing American leaders increased. H. W. Brands will examine these challenges and the responses they evoked, by imagining what would have happened if two of the greatest presidents in American history had lived each a few years longer, and examining what did happen when they were succeeded by presidents deemed much lesser in stature.

A reception and book signing will follow the program. The Museum is pleased to present this program in partnership with the Neill-Cochran House, Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Teacher Workshop

Teachers! Join us for a workshop prior to the lecture from 5 to 6:30 p.m.


What are the characteristics of great leaders during times of change? Explore leaders in Texas and US history with Education Department staff members from the George Washington Teacher Institute. Examine biographies and primary source documents, and analyze both the actions and personality traits of leaders. Teachers will receive lesson plans, resources, complimentary parking, food and drink, and CPE certificates.

To RSVP for the teacher workshop, click here.

About H.W. Brands

H.W. Brands is the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written twenty-five books, most recently Reagan: The Life, coauthored or edited five others, and published dozens of articles and scores of reviews. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, the National Interest, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Political Science QuarterlyAmerican History, and many other newspapers, magazines and journals. His writings have received critical and popular acclaim. The First American and Traitor to His Class were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Prize. Brands is a member of various honorary societies, including the Society of American Historians and the Philosophical Society of Texas. He is a regular guest on national radio and television programs, and is frequently interviewed by the American and foreign press.