Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Anniversary of the Civil War

December 28, 2010 by  

This coming year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. E.J. Dionne, at the WaPo, posts an article on getting the cause for the war correct before the remembrance begins: When the war started, leaders of the Southern rebellion were entirely straightforward about this. On March 21, 1861, Alexander Stephens, the Confederacy’s vice president, gave what came to be known as the “Cornerstone speech”... 

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863)

November 25, 2010 by  

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which... 

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Did Lincoln Come to Support Emancipation?

October 7, 2010 by  

Or was it that he believed in the rights of all men all along?  Allen Guelzo levels a devastating critique at historian Eric Foner in this review of his new book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery: Mr. Foner’s use of “growth” functions in the same way. Lincoln may have begun his ascent as a hesitant, racist, capital-mongering politician, we’re told, but lo! he grew into the... 

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