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Abraham Lincoln

Thinking with Lincoln: Teaching “The Quest for Union and Renewal”

The fifth and final part of Volume I of Hollinger & Capper’s The American Intellectual Tradition, entitled “The Quest for Union and Renewal,” is an embarrassment of riches for the undergraduate classroom. It falls very neatly into four sections:Works by three pro-slavery, Southern conservatives: a selection from John C. Calhoun’s A Disquisition on Government (c. 1840s) , Louisa McCord’s “Enfranchisement of Women” (1852), and a selection from George Fitzhugh’s Sociology for the South (1854). Two contrasting works by African American abolitionists: a selection from Martin Delany’s The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United Read more