9 am - 3 pm
Towner Fellows Lounge
Abraham Lincoln is among the most iconic figures in American history and also among the most complex. This seminar will focus on Lincoln’s views on slavery and racial equality as they evolved from his early days in public life through his wartime presidency. Does Lincoln deserve his reputation as “the Great Emancipator”? Was he racist? How did he go from upholding the right of Americans to own human beings to issuing the Emancipation Proclamation? Drawing on Lincoln’s own writing and on recent scholarship by historians such as Eric Foner and James Oakes, we will discuss the sources of Lincoln’s views and the political and historical dynamics that shaped them. We will devote special attention to primary sources that are readily available for classroom use and to the challenges of teaching these questions.
Seminar led by Kate Masur, Northwestern University
This seminar is sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.
Teachers as Scholars is a program exclusively for Chicago Public Schools teachers.