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February 13, 2009

Weekend Reading 29

Here's an interesting blog post by law professor David Mayer, marking the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday.

A Bicentennial Defense of Abraham Lincoln

So, to observe Lincoln's bicentennial this year, I'd like to write a short defense of Lincoln, and particularly of his record as U.S. president. What follows is a slightly revised version of the essay I posted on February 15, 2006, as part of my "Rating the U.S. Presidents III," discussing "Abraham Lincoln: Why He's Great." To that I've appended the first essay I wrote about Abraham Lincoln, "The Lesson of Lincoln," which I wrote when I was a high school student.

While reading this essay, I was reminded of Mary Chapin Carpenter's John Wilkes Booth. Here's Tony Rice's version.

Young Abe Lincoln wasn't young no more / 
Tired old man when he won the war

Posted by joke du jour at February 13, 2009 06:59 PM

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