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The Transfer of Power

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ClassGraphic The peaceful transfer of power is considered a hallmark of American democracy. We will discuss two instances that were not so peaceful. Our book, Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington (Simon & Schuster, 2020) by Ted Widmer, chronicles the President-elect’s train journey from Springfield to his inauguration in Washington D.C. Along the way, we will read about and discuss Lincoln's development from gangly 'western' lawyer to statesman and politician, the deep political divisions rooted in slavery, and much more. Along with our reading we will discuss some of the surprising parallels between the difficulties encountered in Lincoln's transition to power and Joe Biden's transition difficulties. We will also discuss the impact of train travel and telegraphy, the modern technologies of their day, and compare them to the impact of today's social media and cable news. According to The Guardian, this is “a book about a time of national crisis, in a time of national crisis.”

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Don Mided2.John Howard 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/7/2021 - 12/7/2021 Weekly - Tue 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map John Howard  ; Don Mided 
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