Coordinators: Sanford Kessler, Bob Gottfried
Why do most historians consider Abraham Lincoln our greatest president? In this class we will address this question by examining some of Lincoln’s greatest speeches and deeds in relation to the beginning of his political career, the events leading up to the Civil War, and his presidency. Other thinkers we will consider in relation to Lincoln include Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau, Stephen Douglas, and Frederick Douglass. We will also use Lincoln as a model to shed light on our current political scene.