The Paradoxical President: Re-imagining Abraham Lincoln

The Paradoxical President: Re-imagining Abraham Lincoln 1

Every February, American children from all over their country are treated to the dusty facts regarding the sixteenth president of the United States — that of good ol’ Abe Lincoln, he of simple beginnings and Civil War stewardship. The guy was tall; he freed the slaves; he was killed while attending a theater performance. What …

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The Jekyll and Hyde Myth Of Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest

A few miles near Tuscumbia, Alabama, the Confederate Army marched along the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Private Phillip D. Stephenson, loader of piece No. 4, 5th Washington Artillery, Army of Tennessee, had fallen behind. It was as if the hunger in his belly had moved down to his legs and feet, hollowing out the muscles …

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William McKinley: Modern-Day Relevance of a Conflicted Past

William McKinley: Modern-Day Relevance of a Conflicted Past 2

In the presidential campaign of 2004, George W. Bush’s advisor Karl Rove repeated to journalists his long-standing explanation of why he admires William McKinley and expects Bush to reproduce what Rove regards as McKinley’s successes.[1] In 2003, Kevin Phillips, a Bush critic, wrote a book explaining how much he also admires McKinley.[2] Eric Schlosser, a …

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