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And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

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ClassGraphic Every American generation, we have been told, gets its own Abraham Lincoln biography. Jon Meacham—winner of the Pulitzer Prize, distinguished scholar of the American presidency, and sometime advisor and speechwriter to our current president—has given us a biography which may serve us well in our time. We will consider how, not since the days of Lincoln’s presidency, has “government of the people, by the people and for the people” been so threatened as it seems to be today. A key focus of Meacham’s account is the development of Lincoln’s conscience—his moral vision. We will ask ourselves how Lincoln came to find slavery wrong, liberty right, and the nation’s imperiled democracy worth saving, despite the enormous cost of doing so. Seeking to trace the moral and political evolution of an imperfect man, Meacham gives us a Lincoln who learned and grew even while leading the nation through its most traumatic crisis. Our text will be And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham (Random House, 2022). Join us in exploring Lincoln’s journey from impoverished frontier farmer’s son to our greatest statesman.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Thu

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Abe Brustein2.Jim Burns3.John Drodow 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/9/2023 - 6/8/2023 Weekly - Thu 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map John Drodow  ; Jim Burns  ; Abe Brustein 
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