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Session 13: The Rule of Law, Slavery, and the Future of Self-Government

Dr. Lucas Morel:  

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What is “reverence for the laws” and why does Lincoln think it is so important to “the perpetuation of our political institutions”? Who or what is the “towering genius” that poses the greatest threat to American self-government? What does Lincoln’s criticism of “old school” temperance reformers suggest about the proper mode of political debate for a self-governing people? What role does Lincoln believe religion plays in a self-governing society?
Supplemental/Optional Readings:
  • Jaffa, Crisis of the House Divided, chaps. 9, 10
  • McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, chap. 5

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