What Would Lincoln Do?

Abraham Lincoln is a fascinating figure and all the more interesting because he emerged as one of the greatest statesmen in American history in the midst of the worst crisis to face the United States: the Civil War. As a long time Lincoln enthusiast I listened to the 2/21/13 edition of OnPoint, hosted by Tom Ashbrook, with great interest. In this program he talked to Brandeis English professor John Burt about his book entitled “Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict.” In addition to looking at Lincoln through a moral lense, this conversation showcases Ashbrook’s unique talent as talk show host. He engages in a very thoughful conversation with professor Burt, digging deep into Lincoln’s thinking about democracy and morality.

To listen to the program, or download a podcast to listen to at your convenience, visit the URL below:

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/02/21/lincoln-today

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