Lincoln Down Under

“Did you know”, he asks,

that the Gettysburg Address took place on a stinking hot day on the battlefield and the man before Lincoln spoke for over an hour while Lincoln spoke for just a few minutes, and when he stopped speaking, such was the hush people could hear his boots creaking on the boards …?

No, I didn’t know, I answered.

And clearly my life was the poorer. So I’ve started reading the biography of Lincoln by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and for the next little while I’m going to post about Lincoln and this stupendous book that’s had me reading till the wee hours of the morning like I haven’t read for many years.

I’m going to be relying on you Yankees and Southern folk out there to keep me on the straight and narrow because the sum total of my knowledge of American history consists of the novels of Willa Cather and watching Roots when I was a teenager. Will you do that for me?


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