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Learning from Lincoln: Both Onscreen and Off

jsingletary Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 8:12 AM
Huh? "a man who struggled, fought and ultimately died for the one indispensable cause that meant everything to him: the right for a free people to govern themselves." A free people tried to govern themselves and the North started the Northern War of Aggression. I wish the evil of slavery hadn't been part of the mix. Lincoln trashed the Constitution.

What is it about Abraham Lincoln that has captured the hearts and minds of the American public since his assassination nearly 150 years ago? After all, one could argue -- rather persuasively -- that our 16th president was the least qualified candidate ever elected to high national office; in fact, his public service record included just four terms in the Illinois state legislative, one unremarkable term in the House of Representatives, and two unsuccessful bids for the US Senate. In addition, he had virtually no executive experience and, as his contemporaries invariably pointed out, Lincoln seemed wholly unfit to lead the...