In Defense of History

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In Defense of History Sara Gabbard  Daniel Boorstin, Pulitzer Prize winning historian and Librarian of Congress, once said that “trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.”   A statement from John Adams expresses the passage of time and the resulting changes: “I must […]

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Lincoln & Poetry

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Lincoln & Poetry Sara Gabbard  In any scholarly biography of Abraham Lincoln, a reader will find countless references to this prairie lawyer’s love of poetry. I’m not sure that biographers will ever come up with a definitive explanation for this passion. Lincoln’s law partner William Herndon told the story that, once when they were on […]

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A New Lincoln Discovery

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A New Lincoln Discovery: Family of Lincoln Enthusiast Finds Unprecedented Autograph Collection & Lincoln-Related Items Jason Emerson  Some new Lincoln relics have surfaced recently, owned by the family of a man who had met and “known” Abraham Lincoln and had spent decades traveling the world talking about the Great Emancipator. While today we all carry […]

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The Sangamon, Soured: Lincoln, The Man, & Its Twisted Tropes

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The Sangamon, Soured: Lincoln, The Man & Its Twisted Tropes  Bethany Villaruz  A slight summer breeze ruffled through the leaves lining the shimmering Sangamon River. A young Edgar Lee Masters, known to his family as only “Lee,” frolicked along Menard County’s defining feature. The winding river curved like an artist’s desultory brushstroke through the landscape […]

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Redeeming The Great Emancipator: The Harvard University Lecture, An Interview with Allen Guelzo

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Redeeming The Great Emancipator the Harvard University Lecture An Interview with Allen Guelzo by Sara Gabbard Sara Gabbard: What were the circumstances surrounding your Lecture titled Redeeming the Great Emancipator. Allen Guelzo: That requires a long answer. Redeeming the Great Emancipator really began in 2004, when I published Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery […]

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Abraham Lincoln in Korea

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Abraham Lincoln in Korea By Brian Dirck, Anderson University In early 2019 I received an invitation to deliver a speech about Abraham Lincoln in Seoul, South Korea. I was initially taken aback. Abraham Lincoln? In South Korea? In retrospect this should not have been a surprise; Lincoln is a major American global export. There are […]

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