Abraham Lincoln

Instructor: Peter W. Schramm, Ashland University
Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10:00am to Noon ET

Readings (PDF)

We will examine Lincoln’s mastery of words, his ability to exercise his gift for language. We will read a few speeches, some well known, some less well known (Gettysburg Address; Second Inaugural; Wisconsin State Agricultural Speech, 1859; House Divided Speech, Springfield, Ill, June 16, 1858; Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions, 1858) in order to learn his distinctive — even poetic — style of speaking and writing, his clarity of presentation, how he applies reason and logic to the challenge of persuasion, and what this may have to do with his appreciation of this “last best hope of earth.”

Peter W. Schramm is the Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, a Professor of Political Science, and also Chairman of the Master of Arts in American History and Government program at Ashland University.

Prior to his work at Ashland, he served in the Reagan Administration as the Director of the Center for International Education in the United States Department of Education. Before entering government service, Dr. Schramm was the President of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and also taught political science at Claremont McKenna College and California State University.

Dr. Schramm earned his Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School in 1980. He holds two Master of Arts degrees, one from Claremont in Government and the other in International History from The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. He received a B.A. in History from California State University, Northridge.


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