James Oakes, winner of the 2012 Lincoln Prize for his book, “Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865,” will speak at President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, Washington D.C. on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. There is a fee of $10 for the lecture and a separate $10 fee for a reception at 6 p.m.

Oakes is the Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York and has been teaching and writing about slavery, anti-slavery efforts and the origin of the Civil War for nearly 30 years.

The Lincoln Cottage at Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW, a property of the Trust for Historic Preservation, is the place where President Lincoln and his family spent summers from 1862 to 1864 and where the president worked on the Emancipation Proclamation.

For reservations: SMiraminy@savingplaces.org or call 202-829-0436 X3132.