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Richard Carwardine, President, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University


Abraham Lincoln will stand at the center of the seminar, though less as a biographical subject than as a prism for exploring key aspects of his age. The themes and topics to be addressed include slavery and the Old South; the abolitionist impulse and the broadening anti-slavery movement; party political realignment and the sectional crisis of the 1850s; evangelicalism and politics; the election of 1860, the secession of the Lower South, and the coming of war; wartime leadership, political and military; the Civil War home front; emancipation; the elements of Confederate defeat and Union victory; and the meaning of the war for American nationalism.


Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:

Carwardine, Richard J. Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Travel & Accommodations

To reach Oxford University in England, participants may fly into London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, or London Stansted Airport. Each airport provides service to Oxford by bus. For more information click here.

Workshop participants will be housed at St. Catherine’s College. Participants will have their own bedrooms but may share a bathroom and common areas. All participants will be provided with linens and towels and will have access to internet within their accommodations. Some participants may choose to bring laptops. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, shower shoes, hangers, irons, and hair dryers. Housekeeping services are provided throughout the week.


Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Travel reimbursement

Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $500 to help offset travel expenses. All participants must attend all workshop sessions to receive full stipends. Participants who do not complete the entire seminar will receive a reduced stipend. We will present stipend checks to participants prior to the end of the seminar.

Stipends are taxable. Reporting is the responsibility of the participant.

Graduate credit

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.


Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.

July 7th, 2013 5:00 PM   through   July 13th, 2013 9:00 AM
Oxford University
Catte St
Hertford College
Oxford, OXF OX1 3BW
United Kingdom

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Phone: 01865 271 700
Event Fee(s)
Seminar Fee
Attending $50.00
Not Attending $0.00

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