Lincoln, The Declaration, And The Tenant
Last updated 8/17/2020 at 1:55pm
Historian Ted Widmer’s new book on Abraham Lincoln’s 13-day trip in February, 1861, across seven states (“Lincoln On The Verge,”) to Washington, D.C., for his inauguration raises points worthy of consideration as our country approaches another presidential election as crucial as Lincoln’s in 1860.
Lincoln spoke to large and enthusiastic crowds all along his railroad route. A capstone came on Feb. 22, Washington’s Birthday, in Philadelphia. There, on a platform erected in front of Independence Hall allowing access to the masses who wanted to hear him, he used a Biblical referenc...