"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
August 26, 2017 - Open Discussion: The Secession Crisis 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - New York Presbyterian Church
September 16, 2017 - Book Discussion Group Meeting
September 19, 2017 - Lincoln's Generals' Wives
October 14, 2017 - Visit to the African American Civil War Museum - Registration required
October 30, 2017 - "Theodore Roosevelt Salute to President Abraham Lincoln."
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Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in. That every man may receive at least, a moderate education, and thereby be enabled to read the histories of his own and other countries, by which he may duly appreciate the value of our free institutions, appears to be an object of vital importance, even on this account alone, to say nothing of the advantages and satisfaction to be derived from all being able to read the scriptures and other works, both of a religious and moral nature, for themselves. For my part, I desire to see the time when education, and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry, shall become much more general than at present, and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency to accelerate the happy period.
--March 9, 1832 - First Political Announcement

Professor Lucas Morel

Politics 360 — Lincoln’s Statesmanship

Lucas Morel is the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He teaches American government, political philosophy, constitutional law, black American politics, and politics and literature, with research interests in Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Ralph Ellison. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Claremont Graduate University and a B.A., cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College.

Dr. Morel is a past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association. He has consulted on exhibits at the Library of Congress on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He has conducted history workshops for high school teachers throughout the country and co-written lessons on antebellum and Civil War America and the modern Civil Rights Movement for the EDSITEment website of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science MonitorFirst Things, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He is the editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to "Invisible Man" (University Press of Kentucky, 2004) and the author of Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government (Lexington Books, 2000). He just published an edited volume of scholarly essays entitled Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages (2014), and is a contributing editor of The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century, forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi.

Research Areas

Abraham Lincoln
Ralph Ellison
Black American Politics
Political Philosophy
American Government

Education

PhD, Claremont Graduate School
MA, Claremont Graduate School
BA, Claremont McKenna College

Courses Taught

AHG 510 - Ralph Ellison
AHG 621 - Race and Equality in America
AHG 503 - Sectionalism and Civil War
AHG 504 - Civil War and Reconstruction