The Debate over the Debates: Debating Those Debates: The Historians Weigh In

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Moderated by Harold Holzer A public sensation in the seven Illinois towns that hosted them—reprinted in the press at the time, in book form shortly thereafter, and in many edi­tions since—the 1858 Lincoln-Doug­las debates are remembered today, 160 years after they took place, as a political and cultural phenomenon. But as much as they attracted […]

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Abraham Lincoln on Civil Liberties

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By Hon. Frank J. Williams Imagine, if you will, that the United States suffers an unexpected attack.  The president deploys the armed forces and assumes extraordinary powers that go well beyond what the Constitution seems to allow.  Thousands of persons suspected of aiding the enemy are arrested and held without charge, or tried before military […]

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An Interview with Hon. Frank J. Williams on the Concept of Just War

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Unidentified Indiana Soldiers, LN-2353 Sara Gabbard:    How far back in history can you trace the concept of Just War? Frank Williams:  In the first millennium, Christians in the Roman Empire, who originally rejected any form of warfare in accordance with their beliefs, ultimately adopted a “Just War” rationale to the use of force against nations […]

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