By Wendy Swanson
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Three of our Lincoln Group members have developed an adult continuing education course on the "Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln." Lincoln Group of DC President David Kent, and past presidents Ed Steers, Ph.D. and John O’Brien will present four class sessions that discuss Lincoln’s early life, his political career, his wartime service as commander-in-chief, and a summary session on his legacy and why he continues to deserve our admiration.
Lincoln has consistently ranked as the best president in historians’ and public opinion polls. Categories are leadership qualities, accomplishments/crisis management, political skills, appointments, and character/integrity. Other studies suggest that most Americans also would rank Lincoln highest.
The most lasting accomplishments attributed to Lincoln are that he saved the Union and constitutional government, and ended slavery; all in a style that set an expectation for future statesmen in their manner of communication and behavior. He was particularly good at mobilizing the nation by appealing to its highest ideals while acting “with malice toward none” in pursuit of a more perfect, more just, and more enduring Union. Lincoln remains the model of a successful leader and an exemplary public man.
Every Thursday in January 2022 at 6 p.m., a different 1.5 hour session will take place via zoom. January 6, Ed Steers will present on Lincoln's formative years and early life. January 13, David Kent will discuss Lincoln as a politician. January 20, David will present on Lincoln's wartime service as commander-in-chief. Finally, on January 27, John O'Brien will describe how Lincoln became the leader whose legacy we continue to honor today. Discussion and questions will follow the presentations. These sessions will be recorded for later use in the Lincoln Group's public outreach and education efforts. Please register using the RSVP for each class on the Events page of our website Lincolnian.org. Spread the word about this valuable overview of a remarkable life and bring a friend.