"Lincoln is a much more complex figure--as a man, as a thinker, as a politician--than Americans conventionally believe. . . we will explore some of the dimensions of that complexity."
(c)Professor David Zarefsky
The speeches of Abraham Lincoln are a precious inheritance for all Americans, and indeed for all the world. As he led our nation through the gravest crisis it has ever faced, Lincoln emerged as our master of public eloquence without rival or equal. The example he set of statesmanship, courage, prudence, and magnanimity shines like a beacon down the years, to be looked to wherever the American experiment in ordered liberty and self-government is honored. Taught by: Professor David Zarefsky--Northwestern University
Part I Lecture 1: Lincoln and Rhetoric Lecture 2: The Lyceum Speech, 1838 Lecture 3: The Temperance Speech, 1842 Lecture 4: Lincoln as a Young Whig Lecture 5: Lincoln Returns to Politics Lecture 6: The Peoria Speech, 1854 Lecture 7: Lincoln's Rhetoric and Politics, 1854-1857 Lecture 8: The Springfield Speech, 1857 Lecture 9: The "House Divided" Speech, 1858 Lecture 10: The Chicago Speech, July 1858 Lecture 11: The Springfield Speech, July 1858 Lecture 12: The Debate About the Debates
Part II Lecture 13: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates I Lecture 14: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates II Lecture 15: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates III Lecture 16: The Aftermath of the Debates Lecture 17: Lincoln's 1859 Speeches Lecture 18: The Cooper Union Speech, 1860 Lecture 19: The Campaign of 1860 Lecture 20: The First Inaugural Address Lecture 21: Justifying the War Lecture 22: Moving Toward Emancipation Lecture 23: Lincoln at Gettysburg Lecture 24: Lincoln's Last Speeches