HFM 136 | Leaders in Times of Crisis, Part 6 – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

March 14, 2016



Recognized by most historians and much of the public as one of our country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln is known for his impressive accomplishments, including preserving the union during the Civil War and signing The Emancipation Proclamation. But he is less known for his ability to overcome a significant obstacle in his life—clinical depression.

He also failed at every upward step in his career – losing multiple elections, denounced by his opponents, and described by his colleagues as suicidal.

But it is because of these failures that he became such a towering figure, not in spite of them. Learn more about the trials and tribulations of Abraham Lincoln in this podcast episode.


This episode is brought to you by Hillsdale College. They would like to invite you to learn more about the incredible life of this fascinating man — one of the greatest leaders and statesmen of our time: Winston Churchill.

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About Michael Rank

Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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