The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
With John F. Ford & John H. Miller
Dates: Five sessions on Wednesdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25
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Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln are the two preeminent self-made men in American history. Lincoln was born dirt-poor and became one of the nation’s greatest presidents. Douglass spent the first twenty years of his life as a slave and became the most famous black man in the Western world.
John F. Ford and John H. Miller will facilitate the reading and discussion of selected writings and speeches of two of our nation’s greatest spokesmen. These two men did not always see eye-to-eye, however, and their relationship to each other developed and changed over the years as part of the country’s debate over slavery, abolition and emancipation. In 1924, W.E.B. Du Bois described Lincoln this way: “He was a man – a big, inconsistent, and brave man.” These words describe Douglass as well. Both were brave men. Both were inconsistent. Both human.
Note: In advance of the class, students are strongly encouraged (but not required!) to read John Stauffer’s Giants: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
About the Instructors: John Ford majored in literature in college. He currently is Facilities Manager at CBMM and President of the Easton Town Council. John has taught literature courses for ALL for more years than he cares to remember.
John Miller, Ph.D., is former adjunct professor of English at Carnegie-Mellon University and lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. John received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.A. from Yale University. Recently, John taught literature at Washington College, American University, and the Semester-at- Sea program. John is a long-time course leader for ALL.
Members $30 | Non-Members $45