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Lincoln's America

What does it mean to found or refound a country? A salon with Danilo Petranovich

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Lincoln's America
Lincoln's America

Time & Location

Jan 17, 2022, 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM PST

Zephyr Institute, 560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA

About the Event

What does it mean to found or refound a country? Can one man play such an outsized role in the destiny of a regime? How do we evaluate political greatness? What are the consequences of high order regime politics? In this lecture and ensuing conversation, Dr. Petranovich will take us through a crucial moment in our national history as he examines the leadership of Abraham Lincoln in the regime crisis decade of the 1850s, and the lessons it holds for our contemporary crisis.

Please read Lincoln's Lyceum Address and "House Divided" Speech beforehand. A version of these speeches can be found here.

Drinks and snacks served at 5:15 p.m., with lecture and discussion to follow.


Danilo Petranovich is the Director of the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Previously, he taught political science at Duke University and Yale University. His scholarly expertise is in nineteenth century European and American political and social thought. He is currently writing a book, contracted with Yale University Press, on nationalism and the North in antebellum America.

Image of Abraham Lincoln - 16th President  from Wikimedia Commons

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