Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas & Moral Conflict
Presented by Arlington Community Education
April 9, 2013
More than slavery was at stake in the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. In Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism, literary critic John Burt contends that the very legitimacy of democratic governance was on the line. In a United States stubbornly divided even now over ethical issues, the overarching question posed by the debates has not lost its urgency: Can a liberal political system be used to mediate moral disputes? And if it cannot, is violence inevitable? Join Professor Burt as he discusses what historian Daniel Walker Howe calls "...the most profound exploration of the enduring siginificance of Lincoln's rhetoric since Harry Jaffa's classic [Crisis of the House Divided] of 1959. A magnificent achievement." Presented by Arlington Community Education and co-sponsored by the Arlington Advocate and Robbins Library.