The Heights Lectures | Lincoln's Metamorphosis: A Study of Douglas' Role in Making Lincoln
LECTURE SERIES Lincoln’s Metamorphosis: A Study of Douglass’ Role in Making Lincoln
The April Heights Lecture will feature a founding father of The Heights, Prof. Edward C. Smith, speaking on one of our nation’s greatest presidents: Abraham Lincoln. Prof. Smith will draw upon his Civil War-era expertise to highlight the role of Frederick Douglass in the metamorphosis of Abraham Lincoln from a small town country lawyer into the great man whose speeches are memorized by school children 150 years later.

Prof. Smith will focus on this development within the particular context of four of Honest Abe’s speeches:



Prof. Smith taught U.S. Civil War history at American University for forty-five years.  He was founder and Co-Director of The Civil War Institute and Co-Director of the new York City Ethnic Experience Institute. Professor Smith served as Lecturer for the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic Society and the National Building Museum. In addition to his work during the early years of The Heights, Prof. Smith co-founded the Youth Leadership Foundation. Prof. Smith served in the White House as a speech writer during the Carter Administration. His essays appear in The Yale Review, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Lincoln Review, The Washington Times, and numerous other publications. Last, but not least, Prof. Smith is a former teacher of Mr. Alvaro de Vicente and Mr. Gerard Babendreier.

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