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Jefferson, Lincoln & Republicanism

Charlottesville, Virginia
Sunday, February 2, 2014

Emory University philosophy professor emeritus Donald Livingston talks about Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, and their views on republican government. He explains how Lincolnian republicanism differed from Jeffersonian republicanism in a nation that continued its expansion in size and population during the 19th century – and he reflects on the modern status of republican government in America. The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society hosted this event at the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation.

Updated: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:40am (ET)

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