Abraham Lincoln and the Saving of the Union with Dr. Jeremi Suri - Context Travel

Abraham Lincoln and the Saving of the Union with Dr. Jeremi Suri


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Abraham Lincoln had little education and preparation for both the presidency or the Civil War. Yet, he managed to end slavery, expand American capitalism, and save the Union. How did he do it?

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous but least understood leaders in modern history. He was a poor white man from the frontier who made his way through various personal tragedies to success as a self-trained lawyer and then a provincial politician. As president, he became the most eloquent defender of the Union and the man who transformed American capitalism, especially ending slavery.

Led by an expert on American history, Dr. Jeremi Suri, this seminar will examine Lincoln's talents and his sources of courageous leadership, with takeaway lessons for today.

This conversation is part of a six-part series on American Presidents with Dr. Jeremi Suri. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a six-week series.

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of ten books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. His most recent book, The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office, was widely reviewed across the United States. Professor Suri's research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences. In 2018 he received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas, and the Pro Bene Meritis Award for Contributions to the Liberal Arts. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media (including the New York Times, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Atlantic, Wired, New Republic, Foreign Policy, and others.) Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs. He hosts a weekly podcast, “This is Democracy,” available through his professional webpage: http://jeremisuri.net.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Outstanding course and Dr. Suri is so insightful and engaging!

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Jeremi Suri was a fantastic lecturer and only got better with his answers to all the questions asked. He was particularly good at connecting the historical perspectives to the modern day. Clearly an expert and I look forward to reading some of his work.

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Lincoln Revisited

Dr. SURI gives an intelligent and well balanced perspective of a controversial period in American history.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
83%
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17%
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Very engaging but...

Loved the instructor much more than his views

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Guest did not leave comment

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J.E.

Outstanding course and Dr. Suri is so insightful and engaging!

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A.

Jeremi Suri was a fantastic lecturer and only got better with his answers to all the questions asked. He was particularly good at connecting the historical perspectives to the modern day. Clearly an expert and I look forward to reading some of his work.

M
M.h.
Lincoln Revisited

Dr. SURI gives an intelligent and well balanced perspective of a controversial period in American history.