Richard Etulain

Abraham Lincoln: With Charity for All

This slide-illustrated presentation raises an important question: What is it about our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, that has so captured us? Americans have venerated him for nearly a century, named him our best president, and written more than one thousand biographies about him. This talk suggests that Lincoln’s skills as a political leader are what set him apart, particularly his ability to work in a nonpartisan way despite his own strong party affiliation. Dr. Etulain discusses the political genius and generosity of our most important president and asks how those skills might influence today’s American politics.