The Mind of Abraham Lincoln: An Immersive Afternoon
Saturday, January 22 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Mind of Abraham Lincoln: An Immersive AfternoonLouis Masur / Rutgers University
His story invites us to marvel at how this poor, self-educated, frontier lawyer transformed himself into a political leader who defended democracy, preserved the nation, and abolished slavery. To best understand Lincoln, we must read and discuss his remarkable writing and speeches. Professor Louis Masur will provide detailed biographical information and context, and some of the time in this class will be devoted to discussion and analysis. Members of the seminar will receive a packet of writings which they may choose to read before class. These readings include some of Lincoln’s most important speeches and writings: debates with Stephen Douglas, the First and Second Inaugural, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address – as well as some less known but important works.
Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He received outstanding teaching awards from Rutgers, Trinity College, and the City College of New York, and won the Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including Lincoln’s Last Speech, which was inspired by a talk he presented at One Day University. His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and on CNN. He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and serves on the Historians’ Council of the Gettysburg Foundation.