Our most eloquent president meets our greatest war.Jun 27, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 39 • By JONATHAN D. HORN
Lincoln on War
edited by Harold Holzer
Algonquin, 336 pp., $24.95
Claiming the legacy of the first Republican president.May 23, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 34 • By JOHN B. KIENKER
Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle for Lincoln’s Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric
12:40 PM, Apr 19, 2011 • By LAUREN WEINER
The first men to die in the American Civil War fell on this day, 150 years ago, on Pratt Street in Baltimore. Troops en route to Washington were confronted downtown by rioters, and the fighting cost four federal soldiers and 12 civilians their lives.
The Civil War, unfolded in real time.6:27 PM, Jan 17, 2011 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
The Civil War
The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It
Edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, and Aaron Sheehan-Dean
How the Bluegrass State was (re)born.12:25 PM, Oct 28, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
Among those regions of the country that are culturally self-conscious--northern New England, Southern California, Appalachia--the South has been especially occupied, during the past two centuries, in defining what constitutes its distinctive character.
Israel upholds an honorable tradition.Jun 14, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 37 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The Royal Navy’s blockade of Napoleon, most famously led by Lord Nelson, protected England from invasion and laid the groundwork for the liberation of Europe. Lincoln’s blockade of the South helped win the Civil War, preserve the Union, and end slavery. John Kennedy’s blockade of Cuba forced Khrushchev to withdraw nuclear weapons from that island and contributed to the eventual successful outcome of the Cold War.
A ParodyMar 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 26 • By
Emanuel and Lincoln
It’s not easy to demean the Man from Mount Vernon.Mar 1, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 23 • By EDWARD ACHORN
of George Washington
The Hidden Political Genius
of an American Icon
by John E. Ferling
Bloomsbury, 464 pp., $30
Be powerful, direct, and clear.5:44 PM, Feb 12, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
On Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, it’s worth reflecting that, as great as Ronald Reagan was, he followed in the footsteps of the greatest Republican communicator. That title belongs to the party’s first president. In reading Lincoln’s speeches, one can easily imagine how he would have responded to President Obama: powerfully, directly, clearly. Lincoln was exceptionally good at talking straightforwardly and forcibly to the American people. He was incredibly well-reasoned, folksy yet elevated, poetic yet plain-spoken. The key to victory for the GOP is putting forth and honing articulate, likable candidates with the capacity to emulate — in their own way, in their own vein — something of Lincoln’s outstanding rhetorical example.