Saturday, May 16, 2020 10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Louis Masur / Rutgers University
James Baldwin once remarked that American history is “longer, larger, more various, more beautiful and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” In this sweeping survey, Louis Masur probes that history, from settlement and Revolution to Civil War, Depression and Civil Rights. Covering key themes such as individualism, democracy, freedom and the frontier, this lecture fills a need for understanding the arc of American history at a moment when the idea of the American Dream is being contested. “We cannot escape history,” proclaimed Abraham Lincoln, who was thinking about future judgments on past actions. Here is what you need to know about the American past in order to be more fully engaged and informed in the present.
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, Washington Post, CNN, and Slate. He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and serves on the Historians’ Council of the Gettysburg Foundation.