Abraham Lincoln, 149 Years Ago Today

Few people inspire me as much as Abraham Lincoln. Though a lot was missing from Spielberg’s new film, I enjoyed watching American history come to life. The scenery, costumes and dialogue all contributed greatly to the experience and I think the younger generation can certainly benefit from watching it.

That said, I wanted to mention that although the Proclamation of Emancipation was signed on January 1st, Lincoln penned another significant message on December 20th, 149 years ago today. In a letter to Henry C. Wright and the rest of the United States, Lincoln declared:

I shall not attempt to retract or modify the emancipation proclamation; nor shall I return to slavery any person who is free by the terms of that proclamation, or by any of the acts of Congress.

The Shapell Manuscript Foundation captures this story very well, explaining what prompted this message and how it was received throughout the nation.

Today’s America has much to learn from Lincoln’s dedication and commitment to his beliefs.


New Smithsonian Exhibit

Wow! I MUST go see this next time I’m in D.C.!