Seminar: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

Ref: C3743054

From a poor background, Abraham Lincoln rose to be a lawyer, a congressman, and then president of the United States at the most troubled period in its history. His election precipitated the secession of the southern states from the Union and the ensuing Civil War. His Emancipation Proclamation and his Gettysburg address mark him out as a great liberator, but his attitude to slavery and emancipation was initially ambivalent.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

to show the importance of Abraham Lincoln, his role in securing the Union victory in the Civil War and his attitude to slavery and emancipation

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • describe the main events in the life of Abraham Lincoln
  • describe how the deepening divide over slavery led to his election to the presidency in 1860
  • recognise his role in securing the victory of the Union
  • assess his overall importance as the man who ended slavery in the United States
  • recognise the ambivalence of his attitudes to race and slavery

How will I be taught?

  • The main teaching method will be a PowerPoint presentation, with question and answer.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The feedback will be appropriate for a single session.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • There is a great deal of excellent online material on US history, which students can follow up.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Seminar: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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