Our next course of study in Political Studies focuses on America. Our afternoon sessions will be devoted to the writings of Abraham Lincoln, supplemented by selections from the great abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass. Lincoln is often credited with having saved or re-founded the American Union by giving it a “new birth of freedom.” Yet Douglass would alternatively describe Lincoln as both “the Black man’s president” and “preeminently the white man’s president.” Through seminar discussion, fellows will assess Douglass’s judgment of Lincoln — inquiring into the nature of political debate and argument, the role of passion and reason in public speech, and the legacy of the Founding (with particular reference to the issue of slavery).

Images Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington, “Onward,” 1903


Diana Schaub interprets two of Abraham Lincoln's great speeches


Diana Schaub

Diana J. Schaub is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland and a member of the Hoover Institution’s task force on The Virtues of a Free Society. From 2004 to 2009 she was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics.

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