"Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy, and the American Experiment"

Main Point Books and Radnor Memorial Library welcome back Professor Allen C. Guelzo and his new book "Our Ancient Faith : Lincoln, Democracy, and the American Experiment."

This event will happen in the Winsor Room at the Radnor Memorial Library. Reservations are requested via Eventbrite; walk-ins will be welcome. Books can be purchased in advance or at the event.


About The Book

An intimate study of Abraham Lincoln’s powerful vision of democracy, which guided him through the Civil War and is still relevant today—by a best-selling historian and three-time winner of the Lincoln Prize

Abraham Lincoln grappled with the greatest crisis of democracy that has ever confronted the United States. While many books have been written about his temperament, judgment, and steady hand in guiding the country through the Civil War, we know less about Lincoln’s penetrating ideas and beliefs about democracy, which were every bit as important as his character in sustaining him through the crisis.

Allen C. Guelzo, one of America’s foremost experts on Lincoln, captures the president’s firmly held belief that democracy was the greatest political achievement in human history. He shows how Lincoln’s deep commitment to the balance between majority and minority rule enabled him to stand firm against secession while also committing the Union to reconciliation rather than recrimination in the aftermath of war. In bringing his subject to life as a rigorous and visionary thinker, Guelzo assesses Lincoln’s actions on civil liberties and his views on race, and explains why his vision for the role of government would have made him a pivotal president even if there had been no Civil War. Our Ancient Faith gives us a deeper understanding of this endlessly fascinating man and shows how his ideas are still sharp and relevant more than 150 years later.

Event date: 

Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Radnor Memorial Library
Wayne, PA 19087


Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy, and the American Experiment By Allen C. Guelzo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593534441
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - February 6th, 2024