Course Description

ONLINE: Abraham Lincoln remains the heroic protagonist in the American narrative on slavery, the Civil War and racial equality. His ascension to the leading role in the crusade to abolish slavery was providential. President Lincoln's words and actions changed the course of history. Achieving our continuing national aspiration, racial equality, will require Lincolnesque virtues. In this lecture-based course, we will examine: 1) Abraham Lincoln's essential characteristics, including his moral conscience, empathic spirit and prescient mind; 2) slavery in America and why Lincoln's anti-slavery principles propelled his political rise in the 1850s; and 3) how Lincoln's indomitable will, moral intellect and self-confidence that "right makes might" proved invaluable to the preservation of the United States and the eradication of America's greatest sin — human slavery. Black Americans fought heroically for their freedom and the Union. They forced Lincoln to reexamine his views on race and civil rights. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
Abraham Lincoln: A Generosity of Spirit & Mind
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Jan 31, 2023 to Apr 04, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Visit the instructor's website, www.olli-abraham-lincoln.weebly.com, for the outline and suggested reading for the course. The recommended books are great references for your personal use, and the instructor highly recommends viewing the movie "Lincoln."

Recommended reading:
Don E. Fehrenbacher, "Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850's" (9780804701204)
Eric Foner, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" (9780393340662)
T. Harry Williams, "Lincoln and His Generals" (9780307741967)

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