Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker describes Dred Scott's family, including his wife, Harriet, and their daughters, Eliza and Lizzie, explaining that "it's a family story that sparks one of the most important legal issues in the coming of the Civil War."
Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker discusses the image from the Civil War that he would show students, "if I could show just one," considering the prospects for soldiers from the 4th United States Colored Infantry stationed at Fort Lincoln in November 1865.
During the partial government shutdown of 2013, an expert panel of historians and policy analysts convened in Washington, DC, to discuss the presence of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy in contemporary politics.
Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities and Director of the American Studies Program at Columbia University, Andrew Delbanco examines the evolution of the American Dream--the idea that anyone may rise above his or her station, regardless of birth. Beginning with the Puritans, Professor Delbanco traces the origins of the American Dream from the Calvinist fire-and-brimstone of Jonathan Edwards, to the swelling optimism of Emerson and Melville, to the present day.
Dickinson College historian Matthew Pinsker describes changes in Frederick Douglass’s opinion of Abraham Lincoln between Lincoln's assassination in 1865 and the unveiling of the Freedmen’s Monument in Lincoln Park, Washington, DC, in 1876.