Self-Education and Responsibility in American Education


Conferees explored the degree to which free individuals have a moral responsibility to pursue self-education in the American context, using the writings of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, Henry Adams, and Abraham Lincoln.


Conference Readings

“Thomas Jefferson-Peter Carr Correspondence.” From Wythepedia: The George Wythe Encyclopedia. (Accessed August 10, 2018).

“A Collection of Writings by Abraham Lincoln [from online sources] .” University of Michigan Library Digital Collections and Abraham Lincoln Online. and (8/31/2018).

“A Collection of Correspondence.” Founders Online. (9-04-2018).

“Thomas Jefferson’s Advice to His Eleven-Year-Old Daughter, 1783.” EyeWitness to History. (09-04-2018).

“To William G. Munford, Monticello June 18, 1799.” Princeton University Press. (09-04-2018).

Adams, Henry. Democracy, Esther, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres, The Education of Henry Adams. New York: The Library of America, 1983.

Berkelman, Robert. “Lincoln’s Interest in Shakespeare.” Shakespeare Quarterly 2, no. 4 (October 1951): 303-312.

Bray, Robert. “What Abraham Lincoln Read–An Evaluative and Annotated List.” Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 28, no. 2 (2007): 28–81.

Douglass, Frederick. Frederick Douglass, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: From 1817-1882 [1881]. Edited by John Lobb. London: Ludgate Circus, 1882.

Franklin, Benjamin. Writings: The Autobiography, Poor Richard's Almanack, Bagatelles, Pamphlets, Essays, & Letters. Edited by J. A. Leo Lemay. New York: The Library of America, 1987.

Franklin, Benjamin. Educational Views of Benjamin Franklin. Edited by Thomas Woody. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1931.

Jefferson, Thomas. “To Nathaniel Burwell Monticello, March 14, 1818.” (August 10, 2018).

Lincoln, A. “First Political Announcement.” Abraham Lincoln Online. (Access 9-04-18).