Abraham Lincoln: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

0970O [CRN: 15834]

This seminar uses the life, legacy, and myth of Abraham Lincoln to explore central themes such as the frontier in the early republic, the nature of political leadership, law and legal culture, and the emergence of sectionalism, slavery, antislavery, and Civil War. Sources are drawn from Lincoln’s works, the writings of his contemporaries, and modern non-fiction, fiction, and film. The course enables us to consider two larger themes: 1) the relationship between memory and history; and 2) the function of history in modern society. The course has no prerequisites and does not presuppose special knowledge of American history. M FYS WRIT
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