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John Burt discusses Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism


JOHN BURT discusses Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict 

"A magnificent achievement." - Daniel Walker Howe, author of What Hath God Wrought 

Far more than slavery was at stake in 1858, when challenger Abraham Lincoln debated incumbent Stephen Douglas seven times in the race for a U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. In Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism, literary critic John Burt examines the overarching and still relevant questions posed by the Lincoln-Douglas debates: Can a liberal political system be used to mediate moral disputes? And if it cannot, is violence inevitable? 

Join us for an evening with Brandeis English professor John Burt, as he discusses what historian John Stauffer has called, "A brilliant, ground-breaking book with fresh insights on almost every page." 

Parking is available directly behind Back Pages in the Crescent Street Lot (no charge after 6 PM).

Event date: 
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
289 Moody St.
02453 Waltham
ISBN: 9780674050181
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Published: Belknap Press - January 7th, 2013