The Last Best Hope Episode

"We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth" – Abraham Lincoln's phrase in his message to Congress in December 1862. What did he mean? In this episode, Adam talks to Rachel Shelden of the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State. They discuss Lincoln, his opposition to slavery, his vastly more complex view of racial equality… and why he coined that memorable phrase. If Lincoln thought America had a "mission", the Last Best Hope? podcast has a mission too: to understand why people thought, and many still think, that America has a mission.

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