Skaneateles Press editor and independent historian Jason Emerson will appear on C-SPAN 3’s “American History TV” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, with a rebroadcast at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.
Emerson’s speech, “Robert Lincoln: First Son, presidential confidant and Civil War soldier,” was recorded at the 11th annual Lincoln Forum symposium, held in Gettysburg, Penn., Nov. 15 to 18. The speech comes from Emerson’s research into his upcoming biography, “Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln,” which is scheduled for release in April 2012 by Southern Illinois University Press.
“Giant in the Shadows,” will be the definitive study of Robert Lincoln’s life, only the second biography about him written, and the first published in nearly 50 years. Emerson spent nearly 10 years researching and writing the 752-page book.
This will be Emerson’s second time on C-SPAN. He previously appeared on “Book TV,” C-SPAN 2, in 2007 when he spoke at the Lincoln Forum about his book, “The Madness of Mary Lincoln.”
Emerson also has appeared on television as an expert on The History Channel’s 2009 documentary, “Stealing Lincoln’s Body.”
In addition to his upcoming television appearance, Emerson also has had two e-books recently released by New Word City online publishers. The books, “The Assassination Letters” and “Abraham Lincoln’s Son for President,” are reprints of articles previously published in national journals in 2006 and 2008.
“The Assassination Letters,” is the story and contents of newly discovered letters concerning Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 assassination. “Abraham Lincoln’s son for president,” is the story of the five attempts by the Republican Party to run Robert Lincoln for president from 1884 to 1912.
The e-books are available on Amazon Kindle, iBook, Starbucks’ Digital Network and at newwordcity.com.
Emerson’s hard copy books upcoming in 2012 include “Giant in the Shadows,” “Mary Lincoln’s Insanity Case: A Documentary History,” “Lincoln’s Lover: Mary Lincoln in Poetry,” and “75 Years of Hildene: A History of Robert Todd Lincoln’s Vermont Home.”
Emerson is scheduled to speak locally on Robert Lincoln at the April meeting of the Skaneateles Historical Society, and at the May meeting of the Onondaga County Civil War Round Table.
For more information see jasonemerson.com.