Thursday, February 12, 2009

Lincoln's 200th

Today is Lincoln's 200th birthday. Make sure to take time to celebrate with others: Invite them over to split rails, recite the Gettysburg address, or read the Bible by candlelight.

You may also want to consider reading one of the following about him this year:
  • Lincoln by David Herbert Donald - Gives insight into many of the forces at work in America politics shaping Lincoln's decisions. Shows how he was wise and witty with his down-home colloquialisms. Increased my respect for his bravery and endurance to stand for the right thing no matter how hard it was
  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Lincoln's cabinet was made up of some of his sharpest critics. Why would he do that? (Can you imagine Obama making McCain his Secretary of State?) This book analyzes the wisdom and the danger in such a practice.
  • Manhunt by James Swanson - The story of the chase for Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. The most amazing part of this story was the reality that Booth most likely would have escaped if not for breaking his ankle when jumping from the presidential box at Ford's Theater. Since most news only traveled as fast as horseback at this time, he was able to stay ahead of the story for a while, until his broken body could last no longer. This story was recently featured on the History channel and is worth watching.

1 comment:

John and Pam said...

John, as to your invitation to invite people over to split rails and read the Bible by candlelight, didn't we just do that a couple of weeks ago? And, in honor of my favorite 19th century President, we did all that in Kentucky. You are probably the only one in Phoenix who can say that!