This month marks 150 years since Lincoln signed into law a bill authorizing the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind to award college-level degrees. The institution, located in the District of Columbia, was the forerunner of today’s Gallaudet University. The college is marking the anniversary with a special history exhibit.
Category Archives: Lincoln and Memory
An Illinois man named David Kloke is commemorating the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s assassination by building a full-scale replica of the president’s funeral train car. He hopes to recreate part of the 1865 funeral train’s journey, followed by an educational tour with stops across the country. You can learn more at the project’s official website.
Asking what Lincoln would do in a given situation has become a venerable American political tradition. Bill O’Reilly recently criticized President Obama’s appearance on a comedy website, saying, “All I can tell is you is Abe Lincoln would not have done it. There comes a point when serious times call for serious action.” Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer disagreed, telling Media Matters that Obama’s use of a humor site to get his message across “is absolutely in the Lincoln tradition.”
The Atlantic is celebrating Lincoln’s 205th birthday with a look back at their coverage of him, from 1860 up to the present day.
We’ve posted a couple of updates (here and here) on an upcoming film about Lincoln’s boyhood, produced by Terrence Malick and directed by A.J. Edwards. Originally titled The Green Blade Rises, the movie is now The Better Angels, and it’s playing this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.
In this clip, Lincoln’s teacher (played by Wes Bentley) talks to Sarah Lincoln (Diane Kruger) about her stepson’s future:
Former teacher Leon McKinney on what inspired him to become a Lincoln presenter: “I tell the students that my dream in sharing ‘Abraham Lincoln’ is that our community will help make your dreams possible!”
Stewart: Lincoln and Mandela “combined exceptional generosity of spirit with gritty political skills”
In a column on the leadership and legacy of Nelson Mandela, Canadian journalist Brian Stewart compares the late South African leader to Abraham Lincoln:
Not for nothing has he been called the “Lincoln of Africa” and likened to the most revered president in U.S. history.
But we shouldn’t overlook the fact that both leaders combined exceptional generosity of spirit with gritty political skills.
They were able to summon forth the better angels of human nature without ever losing sight of the flawed and power-obsessed character of so many of those they had to convince and lead through desperate times.