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Abraham Lincoln - What We Know Now

December 08, 2012 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln is considered our greatest President. He is also one of the most controversial. From the time he was elected down to this day, people have debated various aspects of his personality and politics. Was he depressed? Why did he tell so many stories? Was he truly opposed to slavery? Did he free the slaves? Did the Union prevail because of his leadership or despite him. In this course we will take a close look at Lincoln, assessing his political style and temperament, and focusing on the question of Lincoln and slavery. In the end, we will hope to uncover the man and not the myth.



Louis Masur teaches history at Rutgers University, and has also received Outstanding Teaching Awards from Trinity College,  City College of New York, the Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University, as well as fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation. Professor Masur has published history essays and reviews in The New York Times, Washington Post,  Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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