Civil War on the Home Front will feature W&L history professor Theodore C. DeLaney, Jr., and politics professor Lucas Morel, UVA historian Elizabeth Varon, author of Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War; and Holt Merchant. By examining the Civil War away from the battlefield, we’ll be able to understand more clearly both the causes and the consequences of the War. We’ll look at Lincoln’s White House and his relations with his cabinet, along with the forces in the North opposed to his reelection. The presidency of Jefferson Davis and his management of the Confederacy will also be of interest. Likewise, we’ll seek to understand why most of the deaths during the war did not occur on the battlefield. What was the state of medical science during the war years, and what important developments in the treatment injury and disease occurred? While Johnny Reb and Billy Yank were off fighting, what was life like at home? Were the lives of women in America to change forever? Finally, why was the Emancipation Proclamation, the “new birth of freedom,” so hotly debated in the North?
Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address
LIVE » Friday, July 5, 2013 @ 10:35 am EST
A presentation by W&L Professor Lucas Morel. The Lewis G. John Term Professor and head of the Politics Department, Lucas arrived at W&L in July 1999 from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where he had taught from 1994 to 1999 at John Brown University and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He received his education at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Graduate School. His teaching and research interests are American government, political theory, Abraham Lincoln, and black American politics. He also serves as a pre-law advisor for the undergraduate university at large. Lucas is president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association. In the 2008-09 academic year, he was the Garwood Visiting Research Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He also teaches in the Summer Masters Program in American History and Government at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he also serves on the board of advisors. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, and Richmond Times-Dispatch, and is currently writing a book entitled "Lincoln, Race, and the Fragile American Republic."