Are Abraham Lincoln’s writings, addresses, and speeches more than Gettysburg Address’s ten sentences and 272 words? Or not??

Instructor:  William Fergusson

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Class limit 30
  • No class on April 16

Scholars continue to dispute this question. Our course will focus on Lincoln’s evolution as a political theorist and moralist as illustrated in his “Lyceum Address” (1838), “House Divided Speech” (1858), “Farewell to Springfield Neighbors” (1861), “First Inaugural” (1861), “Meditation on the Divine Will”(1862), “Gettysburg Address” (1863), and the “Second Inaugural Address” (1865).

The speeches and writings will be distributed by email or copy as applicable. This class will include some slide presentation on historical memory and context. A syllabus will include discussion questions on each primary source. YouTube and other video sources will supplement readings and discussions. Class limit 30. No class on April 16.

Required text(s): None (see preceding paragraph)

William Fergusson holds a BA in History from Franklin and Marshall College and was a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant at Pennsylvania State University completing an ABD (all but dissertation). Additionally, he holds an MA in History from Pennsylvania State University. In his forty-year business career, he underwrote and managed international accounts for Fortune 1000 companies in connection with their overseas assets and earnings.