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In this short clip, historian David Blight discusses the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
Allen C. Guelzo, Grace F. Kea Professor of American History at Eastern College, examines the sources, language, and impact of the Emancipation Proclamation, concluding that it was the last and best example in nineteenth-century America of the “politics of prudence.”
James M. McPherson, George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of History at Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize winner, examines the Battle of Antietam and establishes that Antietam was a critical victory that ensured the continuance of Lincoln’s presidency, raised Northern morale, and enabled Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
NYU Professor of the Humanities Thomas Bender argues that the idea of American exceptionalism has hobbled the study of American history. Bender traces the study of history from the "men of letters" historians of the nineteenth century up to the present, and explains why a more worldly history curriculum would help students to better understand events throughout American history.