1/25/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Peter Schramm, professor of history and executive director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, will speak Feb. 11 on “Washington and Lincoln’s understanding of American Exceptionalism” at the Savannah Center in The Villages, Fla.
The American Founders meant to establish a constitutional order based on civil and religious liberty, as George Washington puts it. They succeeded. But they also knew that to keep the Republic, children would have to be made into citizens, and politicians into statesman—not only to perpetuate the American cause—but to make sure the country continued its original devotion to the Constitution and the things for which we stand.
During the greatest crisis of the Republic, Abraham Lincoln understood this and helped save constitutional government by appealing to the Founders’ understanding, and thereby made the Union worthy of the saving.
Schramm also serves as chairman of the Master of American History and Government Program at Ashland University. Prior to his work at Ashland, he served in the Reagan Administration as the Director of the Center for International Education in the United States Department of Education. Before entering government service, he was the President of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy in Claremont, California.
Dr. Schramm earned his Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School in 1980. He holds two master of arts degrees, one from Claremont in Government and the other in International History from The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. He has received the Mentor Teaching Award at AU seven times.
Dr. Schramm has edited, co-edited, and contributed to a number of books, including, Natural Right and Political Right, The 1984 Election and the Future of American Politics, Lessons of the Bush Defeat, American Political Parties and Constitutional Politics, Consequences of the Clinton Victory, Separation of Powers and Good Government, Statecraft and Power, History of American Political Thought, The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, Why Coolidge Matters, Booker T. Washington: A Re-Examination and wrote the Introduction to Lord Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln: A Biography (Madison Books, 1996).
The Ashbrook Center is an independent center at Ashland University that restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. The Center teaches students and teachers across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world. Ashbrook creates informed patriots.