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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue: The Supreme Court and Choice

The following is revised from an article first posted here on November 3, 2016. Politics and the Supreme Court are much in the news today, as they were in 1858 when Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate … Continue reading

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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue: What is Equality?

On October 13, 1858, Abraham Lincoln spoke to the crowd at Quincy, Illinois, about the most divisive controversy of the time. It was a disturbing issue. It was a dangerous issue. They would be better prepared, he noted, to discuss … Continue reading

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Eating Like a President: Lincoln’s Gingerbread

Molasses is derived from cane sugar, a common product of the southern states before the war. To make molasses, sugar cane is harvested and stripped of leaves. Its juice is extracted, usually by cutting, crushing, or mashing. The juice is … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue, Part III: Self-Government and Political Correctness

If we define political correctness as demanding conformance with favored positions, not tolerating contrary opinions, and branding opponents or perceived opponents as radicals (“they are just evil/crazy/stupid”), all without offering rational counter arguments, then these are not new phenomena. Abraham … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue, Part II: Supreme Court and Choice

Politics and the Supreme Court are much in the news today, as they were in 1858 when Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. Issues have changed but more recent court decisions demonstrate that underlying … Continue reading

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1860 Politics – Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue: Moral Consensus and Thin Democracy

The Lincoln-Douglas debates for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois were in many ways unlike presidential debates we see on television today, but fundamental themes underlying them demonstrate historical continuity. One of those themes is consensus concerning foundational moral principles, … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: Context! Context! I Tell You!

As someone who loves the politics of the Civil War just as much as the battles, I have learned a few things that I would like to share as we begin our series of posts about the presidential elections of … Continue reading

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Electing A President–1860

With the upcoming series of national conventions, it occurred to me to take to my keyboard and tell the tale of the Presidential Election of 1860. Never has an election embodied all the fun and foibles, fanaticism and foulness of … Continue reading

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