“Lincoln & Emancipation,” 2012 GLI Summer Seminar

Lincoln and Emancipation

July 15–21, 2012

Columbia University

 Instructors

James Oakes, Professor of History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)

Matthew Pinsker, Pohanka Chair in Civil War History, Dickinson College

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Maura Wynne, Master Teacher/Coordinator

Guest Lecturers

Andrew Delbanco, Columbia University

Harold Holzer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Kate Masur, Northwestern University

Introduction:

Historians James Oakes (CUNY) and Matthew Pinsker (Dickinson College) will explore Lincoln’s evolving views on slavery, from his earliest anti-slavery expressions in the 1830s and 1840s to the development of his presidential emancipation policy during the Civil War. The seminar will consider how Lincoln grew in his attitudes about slavery and race, but also how certain of his natural rights principles remained constant throughout his career. Participants will examine a wide variety of primary source documents in the course of the week. The discussions will also strive to place Lincoln in the context of his day, offering particular attention to the ideas of abolitionists and Republicans and also to the often-complicated legal arguments in the courts and Congress that preceded the abolition of American slavery. Finally, participants will consider how historians have debated these issues and how textbooks and teachers might more effectively incorporate these controversies into their classrooms as the 150th anniversary of emancipation approaches.                                                               

 Required Readings                          

The Fiery Trial by Eric Foner

The Radical and the Republican by James Oakes

Recommended Readings                

Lincoln at Cooper Union, by Harold Holzer

“The African American Delegation to Abraham Lincoln: A Reappraisal,” Civil War History (June 2010) by Kate Masur

Lincoln’s Sanctuary, by Matthew Pinsker

Abraham Lincoln: People, Places, Politics, Gilder Lehrman History in a Box series

                                                                           

Course Websites                              

Gilder Lehrman Institute online               http://gilderlehrman.org

Emancipation Digital Classroom           http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites/emancipation

                                                       
Schedule

SUNDAY, JULY 15                            

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                         Registration at Elliott Hall (49 Claremont Avenue)

5:30 p.m.                                              Meet at dorm to walk to Opening Reception

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                         Dinner and Introductions (Amsterdam Lounge and Tapas)

 

MONDAY, JULY 16                           LINCOLN, SLAVERY AND THE CONSTITUTION

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                        Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                      Introducing Abraham Lincoln (Pinsker) – 80 Claremont

HANDOUTS–Greeley Letter // Lincoln Autobiography  // Boss Lincoln //  Lincoln on Slavery

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                       Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                         Slavery and the Constitution (Oakes) – 80 Claremont

HANDOUTS–Constitution and Slavery  //  Lincoln and Slave Trade

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                        Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                         Gilder Lehrman Session (Wynne)  – 307 Diana Center

HANDOUTS –House Divided Project

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                         Dinner

TUESDAY, JULY 17                           POLITICS AND CULTURE IN THE AGE OF LINCOLN

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                        Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 A.m.                    Abolitionist Imagination (Delbanco)–517 Hamilton

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                    Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                    Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (Oakes) –517 Hamilton

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                       Lunch

1:00 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m.                        Field Study

  • Cooper Union, Great Hall (Holzer)
  • Plymouth Church (tour)
  • Brooklyn Bridge (self-guided)

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                         Dinner

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18                    FROM CONFISCATION TO EMANCIPATION

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                        Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.                            Contrabands and Confiscation (Oakes) –80 Claremont

HANDOUTS–Contraband of War   //  Confiscation  // 37th Congress // Emancipation Origins

12:00 p.m. – 1: 00 p.m.                      Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                         Emancipation Proclamation (Oakes / Pinsker) –Mudd 233

HANDOUTS-  September 22 Proclamation //  Emancipation & Law of War // Black Soldiers

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                         Break

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                         Field Study, Gilder Lehrman Collection (Beth Huffer) NYHS

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                         Dinner

THURSDAY, JULY 19                       TOWARD ABOLITION

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                        Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                     Beyond Proclamation, (Oakes / Pinsker) –80 Claremont

HANDOUTS–Second Birth of Freedom  // Gettysburg Revisions  // Blind Memorandum

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.                       Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                        Lincoln and African Americans (Masur) –Mudd 233

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                         Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                         Pedagogy Session (Wynne) –Mudd 233

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                         Dinner

FRIDAY, JULY 20                               THE LEGACY DEBATE

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                        Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                      Reconstructing Constitution (Oakes / Pinsker) –80 Claremont

HANDOUTS–Reconstructing Constitution //  Global Context  // Douglass on Lincoln

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                       Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                         General Roundtable Wrap Up  –80 Claremont

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                         Farewell Dinner (Symposium – 544 West 113th Street)


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