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Lincoln Programs at the Allen County Public Library
by Guelzo, Allen C.

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The word democracy occurs only 137 times in the collected writings of Abraham Lincoln. But nothing for Lincoln could be "as clearly true as the truth of democracy." So, when the thunderous cloud of Civil War broke over his presidency, Lincoln had no hesitation in portraying the struggle as a contest, not over constitutional niceties, or even over slavery, but over the basic principle of democracy itself and "whether a constitutional republic, or a democracy -- a government of the...
Topics: R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture, Democracy, Lincoln at the Library Series, Allen County Public Library,...