The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction?

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The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln: What’s Fact and What’s Fiction?

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Abraham Lincoln is considered our greatest President and one of the most controversial. 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? This class aims to uncover the man and not the myth. In 1922, the historian W.E.B. DuBois proclaimed that Lincoln was “big enough to be inconsistent.” To be sure, there were tensions in Lincoln’s character and ideology: he could be happy and melancholy, could promote democracy and suspend civil liberties, could oppose slavery yet have doubts about the place of blacks in American society.

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” up=”10″ down=”10″][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column_inner][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”484725″ qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Louis P. Masur is the author of many books, including The Sum of Our Dreams: A Concise History of America. Most recently his work The Civil War: A Concise History was published in Oxford’s prestigious Very Short Introduction series. During the sesquicentennial, he was a frequent contributor to the New York Times blog on Disunion: The Civil War.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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