Abraham Lincoln

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Our racial tragedy as Lincoln saw it

(By John Andrews, Centennial Fellow)  If we define tragedy as a crucible of human pain where vast forces collide and blame is unclear, the centuries-long ordeal of black and white in America is exactly that.  The rioting in Charlotte is one more episode in the racial back-and-forth that has tormented our continent since the first African slaves were brought here almost 400 years ago.

Lincoln and the unfinished work

(Centennial Fellow) It’s Lincoln’s birthday tomorrow, and here’s why that still matters as we near the 150th anniversary of his tragic death: According to Lincoln, to understand America, you needed first to understand the Declaration of Independence

Does God or government deserve your Thanksgiving?

Do you thank God or government for the circumstances of your life? It’s a relevant question as Americans approach Thanksgiving. The answer was clear to the extraordinary leaders who laid the groundwork for the colonies, fought for the founding of our country, and struggled to preserve our republic in the face of nationwide strife.