Abraham Lincoln and the Pursuit of Happiness

February 10, 2009

Brian Flanagan, associate director of the Hauenstein Center and a member of the Michigan Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee, gave a talk at the Hauenstein Center’s Lincoln Bicentennial Lecture Series. The Center’s series was part of the annual conference of the Michigan Council for the Social Studies.

“Abraham Lincoln and the Pursuit of Happiness”
Abraham Lincolns biography is a story forged through poverty, tragedy, and depression. Yet, Lincoln emerged as a man determined to pursue personal, public, and political happiness. Flanagan explores Lincoln’s personal struggles, his Whig philosophy, and his rededication of the nation to its founding principles in the Declaration of Independence.