FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT DAVID KOCH AT 203-332-5170

LINCOLN/DOUGLASS RELATIONSHIP SUBJECT OF HCC PANEL DISCUSSION

BRIDGEPORT – The relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass will be the subject of a forum Feb. 9 at Housatonic Community College.
It is a well-known fact that Douglass exerted a salutary influence on Lincoln’s views concerning the course of the Civil War, as well as on Lincoln’s views (unfulfilled at the time of his assassination) on what was to become of freed slaves,” said History Instructor David Koch, who is moderating and participating the discussion. “The forum and discussion will thus deal with how racial understanding seemed to emerge from two men with similar, and yet widely divergent, backgrounds.”
 
Each of the four speakers will deal with a different aspect of the relationship. These include:

  • Koch:  The role of personality and personal relationships on presidential policy and  performance.
  • Dr.  Don Rogers, Adjunct Instructor of History: The military/political situation in  1862 that led to the meeting of the two men.
  • Dr.  David Canton, Adjunct Instructor of History: The affect of Douglass’ views and  opinions on Lincoln’s policy-making, as well as  Lincoln’s influence on Douglass’ views on the  future of freed slaves in the United  States.
  • Reverend Dr. Anthony Bennett- Pastor, Mt. Aery  Baptist Church, Bridgeport: What can we as individuals and as  a society learn from the relationship of the two  men?
The forum will be held Monday, Feb. 9, 12:30-2 p.m., in the Events Center in Beacon Hall. It is free and open to the public.For more information, contact Koch at 203-332-5170