with author and professor Gerald McNeff. Lincoln was arguably our finest President. He had many other skills: frontiersman, lawyer, politician, writer, and negotiator. He came from humble beginnings and received little to no formal education. Yet his accomplishments rank him as one of the most revered Americans ever. During our session, we will attempt to understand what made Lincoln tick. We will trace his childhood in Kentucky and Indiana, his self study program to learn the law, his entry into politics, and his marriage to Mary Todd. We will discuss his evolving view of the slavery question and his handling of the many complex issues before and during the Civil War. Many historians have called Lincoln a genius. Let’s find out why.