Course Description

What does a good person do when his or her country commits a great evil? This is the question that historian H. W. Brands sets out to answer in his celebrated dual biography of John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. Both men opposed slavery. One sought to overturn it with vigilante violence. The other sought to confront it within the political power structure. In this two-part book discussion we will examine both the political and ethical issues of protest, unity and violence that were tied up in the events leading to the Civil War.

Class Dates:

7/13/21 and 7/20/21


Note from Instructor:
I am very excited to offer this course. This is a new book and was selected by Smithsonian magazine as one of the best history books of 2020. It is engagingly written by a veteran historian.

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