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Andrew Delbanco

Lincoln’s Most Devastating Question

I am at the end of a course entitled “The Long Revolution” that looks at the ways the legacy of the American Revolution was challenged and changed over time. The concluding week or so looks at a collection of essays edited by Eric Foner called Our Lincoln. The contributors include quite a cast, from James McPherson and Foner to Mark Neely and Andrew Delbanco. You can see lectures from the crew at C-SPAN.Delbanco contributed an essay on Lincoln’s “sacramental language” that my students and I found interesting, in part because Delbanco argued that Lincoln’s language is a bridge to Read more