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Civil War (3): Ten Days in August, 1864 – Lincoln at a Crossroads

April 21, 2011

Between August 16 and August 25, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln had to face down his fears – his fear that he would not be reelected, his fear that the war would be lost, and his fear that slavery would not be abolished.  He chose to remain steadfast.

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Brennan's Vision of a New Dawn – Ahmadinejad Whistling Past the Graveyard

February 27, 2011

An American justice's and a Middle East dictator's thoughts on the spread of democracy.

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Lincoln and Secession: Address of July 4, 1861

February 6, 2009

     The essay posted Tuesday described the arguments that Abraham Lincoln made against secession in his First Inaugural Address of March 4, 1861.  Four months later on Independence Day, 1861, Lincoln returned to this subject and expanded upon his position in a special address to Congress.

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UA to Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Lincoln's Birth

February 4, 2009

The University of Akron will commemorate the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birth with a celebration on Feb. 12 at noon at The University of Akron Student Union in the Student Theater. The event is free and open to the public. The celebration will be a birthday celebration featuring light refreshments and an appearance […]

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Lincoln and Secession – The First Inaugural

February 3, 2009

     As Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln opposed the secession of the southern states militarily and under his leadership the armed forces of the United States defeated the secessionist movement on the battlefield.  In his addresses to the American people, Lincoln mounted powerful arguments opposing secession on all fronts – on legal grounds, on political grounds, on economic grounds, on patriotic grounds, and […]

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Lincoln, Obama, and Shared Sacrifice

January 19, 2009

     In a previous posting I had predicted that Barack Obama would, in his Inaugural Address, call for shared sacrifice from all Americans.  It is now being widely reported that this will be a theme of his address.  What did Lincoln have to say about this, and as a practical matter, what sacrifices might Obama […]

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Lincoln's First and Second Inaugural Addresses: What Will Obama Say?

January 13, 2009

     One week from today Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States, and he has announced that Lincoln will be a theme for the Inauguration.  Obama will take the oath of office with the same Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his inauguration in 1861.  Will Obama model his Inaugural […]

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Lincoln and the Transcendent Constitution: (2) The Apple of Gold and the Picture of Silver

December 31, 2008

     The first evidence of Lincoln's view of the Constitution for us to consider is from an undated fragment found among Lincoln's presidential papers after his death.  Some scholars believe that this was written shortly after Lincoln took office in 1861, and that it may have been intended as a response to his friend Alexander Stephens, the […]

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Lincoln and the Transcendent Constitution: (1) The Constitution and the Declaration

December 23, 2008

     Lincoln changed our perception of what it is to be an American by changing our understanding of the meaning of the Constitution, and he achieved this by incorporating the principles of the Declaration of Independence into the Constitution, particularly the phrase, "all men are created equal."

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