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What Would Lincoln Do?

Washington, DC
Saturday, November 9, 2013

Is it historically fair to compare the 2013 government shutdown to Confederate secession? That was among the questions debated by a gathering of historians and political scientists who pondered whether it is worthwhile, or possible, to apply Abraham Lincoln’s beliefs to modern politics – even while noting that Republicans and Democrats regularly claim the 16th president as their own.
This was co-hosted by Ford’s Theatre, where President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, and was part of the “Understanding Lincoln” online course offered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the House Divided Project at Dickinson College. 
 

Updated: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8:35pm (ET)

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