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Register for "Lincoln: Philosopher and Statesman"

March 26, 2022, 8:45 AM ET - 12:30 PM ET | Hosted by: Florida Council for History Education (Held Online)

Abraham Lincoln came of age during the turbulent Jacksonian period and observed firsthand the danger sectionalism posed to the Union. The Nullification Crisis, the issue of the extension of slavery into the territories, and the waning political power of the South all led to a series of crises threatening the Union. In the 1850s, Lincoln sought to return the country to the principles of the Founding Generation by which he hoped to save the Union. After his election as president, he attempted to reconcile the South and avoid civil war. This seminar will explore Lincoln’s position as a philosopher and statesman in the handling of these issues.

This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to read all the documents in advance and come ready with questions. All attendees will receive a Letter of Attendance at the end of the seminar.


Teaching American History
"It gave me a better understanding of the Founders’ views. They saw that restricting religious liberty is not only wrong; it leads to animosity within society. This year, I will begin both my government class and my class on “Law and Modern Society” with George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport." — Sean B.