American Studies

Angels and Ages

Students in the American Studies course “Four American Lives: Lincoln, Whitman, Douglas, Homer” took a road trip to Washington, D.C. - and to the Civil War era. They visited Lincoln’s Cottage, the Patent Office Building, Ford’s Theatre, and the Peterson House, studying the final hours of Lincoln’s life and the beginning of his legacy. Lunch was at the historic Surratt Boardinghouse on H Street, where conspirators plotted the assassination, now home to an Asian restaurant called Wok & Roll. (Wontons were consumed on this visit, but no plots were hatched.)  Jimmy Bigwood ‘12 documented the journey with text and photos - and 1860s-style special effects.