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Abraham Lincoln

Theodore Parker: Early Religious and Social Reformer.

Although relatively unknown today, Theodore Parker, who lived in the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War, was an American whose life exerted a tremendous influence upon his own times, and whose thought and actions still reverberate at the very heart of modern day issues. In one speech, Parker used the phrase, “A democracy […]

The Continuing Civil War

The debate rages: Should we pull down every statue in sight connected to the South’s agenda in the Civil War?  Should we erase all memory of those who fought on the side of the cause of slavery? It is part and parcel of the cultural impasse, the division and anger, that still exists in our […]

Abraham Lincoln, the “kids”, and Guns

Stoneman Douglas High School Parkland, Florida _________________ In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins near the end of the Civil War, wrote: “We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.  It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood…It has indeed been a trying […]

A Call For New American Voices – Traveling to a New America

“Traveling to a New America”, a journey to towns and cities all across America with writer and speaker James Hilgendorf, is looking for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to join in sharing their voices about an unprecedented dialogue on the future of our country. Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of […]

Abraham Lincoln & Donald Trump

I’ve just finished rereading Carl Sandburg’s great biography, Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years and The War Years. What Lincoln meant to the American people was shown by Lincoln’s final journey across the country by railroad car from the East Coast to Springfield, Illinois, where he was buried.  Along the journey, millions of people turned out […]