AHG 660 O8E: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (ONLINE COURSE)
August 12 @ 6:00 pm - August 22 @ 9:30 pm$424 – $848
After a brief survey of 19th-century American politics and its relationship to the Founding, we will cover all seven Lincoln-Douglas debates, studying one debate per class. We will assess the arguments and rhetoric of both ambitious party leaders and place the debates in the larger context of American political and constitutional history, looking forward to the presidential election of 1860. Besides clarifying Lincoln’s thought and political tactics, we will examine Stephen Douglas’s role in what remains today the world’s oldest political party, his expansionist foreign policy, and his views of federalism, slavery, and popular sovereignty, among other major concerns of antebellum America. What might the debates teach us about American politics today?
Ken Masugi (Johns Hopkins University)
Monday through Thursday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET
Course readings can be found on Blackboard
- Live Online Course Tuition: $848 ($424 per semester hour)
- Live Online Audit Tuition (non-credit): $424 per course