Historian teaches class on life of Lincoln

This year marks the sesquicentennial of many crucial developments in the American Civil War, and to commemorate the occasion, Vintage House senior center will be offering a six-week course on the life of Abraham Lincoln.

The classes will meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning Jan. 14, and ending Feb. 18.

The class will be taught by local historian Mick Chantler, who teaches Lincoln and Civil War era classes in the Osher Lifelong Learning Programs at Sonoma State and Dominican universities.

The course will examine six different visions Americans have held about Lincoln from his own time to the present. While most Americans have regarded him as a “secular saint” and granted him a place in the pantheon of the nation’s greatest heroes, others ridiculed Lincoln or denounced him as a dictator.

“In our talks, we will sift through the kaleidoscopic images of Lincoln as they evolved over the years, and assess which views are valid, and which are unfair,” Chantler said.

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