Lincoln and Gettysburg: Three Days That Changed America

Ross Baker (Political Science)

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point, not only in the Civil War, but in the life of our country. The battle itself marked the last desperate effort of the Confederacy to force President Lincoln to sue for peace, but it also gave Lincoln an opportunity five months later to deliver the Address dedicating the soldiers' cemetery in which he redefined the purpose of America. This seminar will offer an in-depth study of this key battle and Lincoln’s famous speech.