Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy and the American Experiment

Lecture Description

This lecture is based on Guelzo’s 2024 book. Abraham Lincoln grappled with the greatest crisis of democracy that has ever confronted the United States. While many books have been written about his temperament, judgment, and steady hand in guiding the country through the Civil War, Our Ancient Faith captures the president’s firmly held belief that democracy was the greatest political achievement in human history. In this talk, Guelzo discusses Lincoln’s actions on civil liberties and his views on race, and explains why his vision for the role of government would have made him a pivotal president even if there had been no Civil War. 


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