Lincoln in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

Rutgers University

Louis Masur is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. A cultural historian who has written on a variety of topics, his most recent work is The Sum of Our Dreams: A Concise History of America (2020). A specialist on Lincoln and the Civil War, he is the author of Lincoln’s Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction & The Crisis of Reunion (2015), Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (2012), and The Civil War: A Concise History (2011). Masur’s essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington PostSlate, and on CNN. He has been elected to membership of the American Antiquarian Society, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and the Society of American Historians and has received teaching awards from Harvard University, the City College of New York, Trinity College and Rutgers University. His website is



In this time of crisis it is important to remember that we are neither the last nor the first to live through challenging circumstances. Are there lessons we can learn from from the past, and in particular, from the man who preserved the Union, Abraham Lincoln? How did this man lead the nation through a four year crisis and abolish slavery? Join Professor Louis Masur in discussing the incredible strengths of Lincoln and what we can learn from his tenure in facing crises in the modern world.



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