Thank you for the best early Christmas present I could have been given. Readers may want to contribute to this enterprise. I hope there is a way to do so. This is a great experiment in mass education whose ramifications may be profound. If I were a college professor or administrator I would become a student of this process and learn from it. This enterprise may give new meaning to the dictum publish or perish. Long live the revolution!
I’ll look forward to reading the articles about the Civil War and what times were like back then. I had several relatives that fought in the great conflict, and wrote a little about their experiences, for both the north and the south. It was at times difficult to understand their writing and thoughts, so maybe this will give more clarity.
This should be fun. I know a lot about Lincoln, the greatest modern man I propose, though less about the war itself.
For a start I suggest you link to Edmund Wilson’s Patriotic Gore — or, better yet, to the various pre-Civil War authors Wilson writes about. They are all free now at Google Books.
We should start this off by correcting a common misunderstanding implied in your very first sentence. While it is true that Lincoln received only 41% of the popular vote running against a Northern Democrat (Douglas), a Southern Democrat (Breckenridge) and a Cotton Whig (Bell), he won 15 of the 18 free states with an absolute majority and would have had a majority of the electoral votes even if the votes of the opposing three candidates were combined.
I think the best way to get the most out of the Long Recall would be day by day, in my e-mail in my in-box like so many aggregators of contemporary news.
However, I cannot figure out if this is possible.
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