Happy Birthday, President Abraham Lincoln
By Allah Palooza
February 12, 2011 marks the 202nd birthday of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. He was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, President the nation has ever had, and his principled leadership held the United States together in its greatest moment of national peril. He remains one of the Republican Party’s greatest icons.
Born in a log cabin in Kentucky to a farmer and his wife who were barely literate, Lincoln overcame tremendous challenge and adversity to become, first, a successful lawyer, and, finally, the President who shepherded the United States though civil war and other national calamities. In the end, he left an America that was a stronger and better place, a nation of enduring strength of character, labor, and ingenuity that grew over the ensuing decades into the greatest nation in the history of mankind. It would be fair to say that without Lincoln, there could not have been a President as great as Ronald Reagan.
One can learn a lot from studying the words and deeds of Abraham Lincoln. Republicans, in particular, can benefit from the words and deeds of this great President as he successfully strove to preserve the great American experiment in democracy. Foremost of these lessons is that America would not have survived without his determined leadership.
For those who do want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln, the following is a short list of internet-accessible resources that may be useful in this endeavor, beginning with a video about Lincoln that was featured at the 2008 Republican National Convention:
Other quick links for learning more about Abraham Lincoln include the following:
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. A great place to start when researching the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress. An excellent resource for the serious Lincoln scholar, and for anyone who wants to do some detailed research about our 16th President.
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Library of Congress. Information, documents and a video about the world’s most famous speech.
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a long-term project of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency dedicated to identifying, imaging, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865). A great place to research a great man.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site. National Parks Service site for the Lincoln Home in Springfield, Illinois, a National Historic Site restored to its 1860 appearance.
Ford’s Theater National Historic Site. National Parks Service site for Ford’s Theater in Washington DC, the location of Lincoln’s assassination.
American President. Links to Lincoln and the people around him. Includes links to the texts of major speeches.
Biography.com. A 19-page biography, several interesting videos, and links to lots of other information about Abraham Lincoln.
The History Place. A time line hyperlinked to historic photos and documents.
Abraham Lincoln Online. Scores of links to all manner of Abraham Lincoln.
Wikipedia. Good biographical information and lots of links for further research.
The White House Blog. A good basic biographical essay about Lincoln.
Hon. Frank Williams, Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties in Wartime, Heritage Foundation Lecture #834, May 5, 2004.
Edwin Meese, III, Abraham Lincoln: Statesman for All Ages, Heritage Foundation Lecture #1109, February 9, 2009.
Finally, the National Geographic Kids Video About Abraham Lincoln. A good introductory video for children.