Post Tagged with: "Abraham Lincoln"

The signing of the Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull.

Lincoln: Saving the Institutions of our Republic

By Nancy Spannaus[1] Jan. 8, 2021—In the midst of escalating racial and mob violence in the late 1830s, Abraham Lincoln raised the very same question which stands before us today: How can we save the institutions of our republic? His remarks were made in 1838, in an address at the […]

by January 8, 2021 0 comments Government, History
George Washington's inauguration (national archives)

Giving Thanks for a Nation

By Nancy Spannaus November 26, 2020—Contrary to popular culture, Thanksgiving Day in the United States was never just about family. From the time of the Pilgrims, to George Washington, to Abraham Lincoln, it was about humbly expressing our gratitude for surviving as a nation (or a community), and committing ourselves […]

by November 26, 2020 1 comment Commentary, History
Depiction of Jackson inauguration (Wikipedia Commons)

The Pathway to “A More Perfect Union”

The Growth and Collapse of One American Nation, The Early Republic 1790-1861 By Donald J. Fraser Fraser & Associates, Roseville, California, 2020, 605 pp.   A Book Review by Nancy Spannaus June 21, 2020—In examining the question of what defines an American identity, author Donald Fraser has chosen one of […]

by June 21, 2020 1 comment History, Review
The Freedman's Memorial in D.C.'s Lincoln Park.

Frederick Douglass Commemorates Lincoln

By Nancy Spannaus April 14, 2020—On April 14, 1876, the great orator and champion of ending slavery, Frederick Douglass, keynoted the dedication of the Freedman’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. On this anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, I am reprinting the full commemorative speech below. The Freedman’s Memorial , also called […]

by April 14, 2020 0 comments Commentary, History
The Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

At the Lincoln Memorial February 12

By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 13, 2020—Yesterday my husband and I attended the commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at the Lincoln Memorial for the third year in a row. The hour-long ceremony is hosted by the National Park Service and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States […]

by February 13, 2020 0 comments History, News
British slavery in the West Indies.

Historians Challenge NYTimes on Slavery

By Nancy Spannaus December 26, 2019—It’s about time. Five prominent U.S. historians have come forward to challenge some egregious errors in the NY Times’ 1619 Project, a major intervention on the issue of American slavery’s role in the United States which the Times published in August of this year. The […]

by December 26, 2019 0 comments History, News
From a poster at the Lincoln Cottage, the President's summer home in Washington, D.C.

Lincoln: What Makes a True American

By Bonnie James July 22, 2019–Abraham Lincoln gave the speech excerpted here, which came to be known as the “Electric Cord Speech,” as celebrations of the nation’s 82nd Independence Day were underway in 1858. Lincoln was then anticipating his Senate campaign against the “Little Giant,” Stephen A. Douglas. The famous […]

by July 22, 2019 0 comments Commentary, History
The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Declaration, Through Lincoln’s Eyes

By Nancy Spannaus July 4, 2019—There was perhaps no more ardent supporter of the Declaration of Independence than Abraham Lincoln. He saw the Declaration as the moral foundation of the nation, upon which the Constitution was based. Thus, no matter how much the United States population fell short of its […]

by July 4, 2019 1 comment Commentary, History
A depiction of a Lincoln-Douglas debate (National Park Service)

A Reflection on Candidate Debates

By Nancy Spannaus June 30, 2019—A quick survey of the commentary on the recent Democratic presidential debates confirms that I am not the only person who was immediately struck by the contrast between these “sound-byte” events and the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. But I believe that in this time […]

by June 30, 2019 0 comments Commentary
Statues of the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Alton, Illinois. (Nancy Spannaus)

Remembering Lincoln’s “House Divided” Speech

By Nancy Spannaus June 16, 2019—In my Internet scanning today, I happened to note that it is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous “House Divided” speech, which was given at the Illinois State Republican Convention in 1858. This was the convention which nominated Lincoln to run against Stephen Douglass for […]

by June 17, 2019 0 comments Commentary, History