Perhaps it's because my interest was more about the latter than the former, but I will admit that I didn't really get seriously into this course until about halfway through, when we got to Lincoln's presidency, the Civil War, and his most famous speeches.
The Lincoln Douglas debates during his early Senatorial race are fascinating in their own right, but they took up a lot of this course and the discussion around them was as much about Lincoln's debating style and tactics as it was about the substance of his developing philosophy. All that being said, I must admit that understanding how his philosophies developed over time is critical to understanding the man in his later years (and critical for understanding how his 1858 "House Divided" speech was misunderstood then and still today).
It's also worth noting that this course is one of the oldest of The Great Courses recordings. It's introduced as "The Great Courses on Tape"(!) and Professor Zarefsky can actually be heard flipping pages of notes as he speaks. This of course takes nothing from the excellent presentation of the material.
All those caveats aside, I found this course illuminating. It has forever changed the way I think about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and Slavery in America and the world.
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|Title||Abraham Lincoln (Great Courses, #877)|
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