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November 2018

Webinar – Frederick Douglass vs. William Lloyd Garrison – Great American Debates

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE How should the abolition movement look? How should opponents of slavery view the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and American government as a whole? Two former allies charted different intellectual courses in response to these questions, as each worked to end the blight that slavery was on the America of their times. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 1: Ch. 12, “The Peculiar Institution: Positive Good or Pernicious Sin?” documents A, B, C, D, E, and F To…

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December 2018

Webinar – Abraham Lincoln vs. Stephen A. Douglas – Great American Debates

December 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE The seven Lincoln-Douglas debates are, arguably, the most famous literal debates in American history, with the two men going into depth on subjects of both immediate and enduring importance in American politics and law. Suggested Readings House Divided Speech, June 1858, Abraham Lincoln Homecoming Speech at Chicago, July 1858, Stephen A. Douglas The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: First Debate, 21 August 1858, Ottawa, IL Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University Jason Stevens, Ashland University

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January 2019

Webinar – Secessionists vs. Unionists – Great American Debates

January 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Waged in Congress, state governments, newspaper editorials, and within and between family and friends, the prelude to the Civil War was, in part, a debate over union vs. state, of a national identity vs. a local one, enflamed by the decades-old debate over slavery. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 1: Ch 15, “War for Union or Abolition?” documents A, B, C, D, and E Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University Scott Yenor, Boise State University

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February 2019

Webinar – Imperialists vs. Non-Interventionists – Great American Debates

February 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE The Gilded Age and Progressive Era both coincided with the emergence, and debate over, America as an imperial power, The same leaders lauded for domestic reforms were those who worked hard to expand American power overseas, and they were confronted at home by groups and individuals who, for a variety of reasons, believed that America was not meant to take or maintain imperial possessions. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 2: Ch 20, “Progressive Foreign Policy: The Philippines,” documents…

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March 2019

Webinar – Election of 1932: FDR vs. Hoover – Great American Debates

March 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE In what seemed like the depths of economic and social depression, the incumbent president and his challenger not only debated the causes of the country’s problems and proposed various solutions, they also debated about the very nature of government in America, what it should and should not do, and how it should relate to its citizens and the states. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 2: TBA Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University

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April 2019

Webinar – MLK vs. Malcolm X – Great American Debates

April 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. and Malcolm X were the two most prominent Civil Rights leaders of the 1950s and 60s, who for most of their public lives had two very different views on a way forward regarding race relations in America. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 2: TBA Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University Peter Myers, University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University

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May 2019

Webinar – The Great Society vs. Modern Conservatism – Great American Debates

May 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

REGISTER HERE Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ package of programs, seen by many as a logical extension of New Deal and Progressive policies, shaped a great deal of the late 20th Century domestic political landscape in America. It also could be said to have given birth to its opposition, in the form of modern American conservatism. Suggested Readings Documents and Debates, Vol. 2: TBA Scholars Christopher Burkett, Ashland University

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