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Abraham Lincoln’s Example of Statesmanship and Unity During the Civil War with Dan Mahoney & Jon Schaff | BRI Scholar Talks Viewing Guide

  1. What is statesmanship? How does it differ from politics?
  2. Compare and contrast statesmanship with demagoguery.
  3. What civic virtues did Abraham Lincoln promote for a self-governing people? Why is civic virtue important to self-government?
  4. Abraham Lincoln described the Declaration of Independence and Constitution as an “apple of gold” in a “picture of silver?” What was the connection between the two Founding documents?
  5. How did the Emancipation Proclamation show that President Lincoln cared about both the Constitution and morality?
  6. How did Lincoln try to unite Americans? Why is unity an important political goal?

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