“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war … testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated … can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate … we can not consecrate … we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us … that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion … that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain … that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom … and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln - November 19, 1863

To honor our fallen, we cannot ever say it too many times to those who survived: thank you for your sacrifices.

anonymous asked:

Same Anon, so what about Lincoln and JFK living through their terms?

Well, JFK’s death did galvanize a lot of people to support legacy programs of his. The Civil Rights Act was shaping up to be a protracted battle with Southern Democrats and Kennedy probably would have pushed it to early ‘65 so as to avoid having that be an election issue. Would LBJ have had the power to muscle it through Congress without the popular support of Kennedy’s assassination? Tough to say. It’s popular to think that Vietnam wouldn’t have happened if Kennedy was in power rather than Lyndon Johnson, but I’m unconvinced. It sounds like mere wish fulfillment of finding a specific, desired conclusion and trying to reach it, rather than a more objective consideration of fact (along with other less generous remarks I could give). Once Ngo Dinh Diem dies, Congress and the American people are going to overwhelmingly want something similar to Gulf of Tonkin, as domino theory was a very real idea in the White House at the time and Kennedy was convinced he needed to stabilize the region.

Lincoln surviving his term is fascinating, because he would be far more willing to court the Radical Republicans and push hard for Reconstruction on their terms moreso than Andrew Johnson. Lincoln would have pushed much harder against the KKK, almost certainly using federal powers the way Grant did. It would have been rough in the South for a little bit, but Lincoln could have had the power to keep the North focused on Reconstruction, rather than have the North blanch at the financial cost and end the job prematurely, leaving way for Jim Crow laws.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

Mike Pence celebrated Black History Month by tweeting out a white man’s accomplishments

  • Whose name comes up first when you think of Black History Month? Martin Luther King Jr.? Malcolm X? Beyoncé’s unborn twins?
  • Those are all some pretty typical answers. But, for Vice President Mike Pence, another name comes up. 
  • He’s a great man, for sure, but someone less celebrated than some Black History Month mainstays: 16th U.S. president and certified white man Abraham Lincoln. 
  • Pence credits Lincoln for freeing the slaves, rather than the tireless work of an entire abolition movement. 
  • And let’s not forget Lincoln’s famous sentiment that if he could save the union without freeing a single slave, he would. Read more

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On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Despite his humble beginnings and lack of formal education, Lincoln distinguished himself as an honest leader and a powerful speaker. Leading the nation through the Civil War, our 16th President fought for unity and helped bring an end to slavery in our country. Modeled after the Parthenon in Greece (the birthplace of democracy), the Lincoln Memorial honors his legacy. It’s a towering icon on the Washington, D.C., landscape that attracts visitors from all over the world to be inspired by Lincoln’s words and accomplishments. Photo courtesy of Drew Geraci.