Friday, February 03, 2023

Lincoln's Gift

 By an inseparable mixture of accident and inexorable destiny, Lincoln became president. The man who had taught himself Shakespeare and Euclid now ruled. It was, in one sense, a philosophic rule. His insights gave us back the reasons for existence. Through him we saw why this nation was "that last, best hope of earth," that last chance, as he said, for "all people of all colors everywhere" to have the burdens lifted from their shoulders. Through his mind we learned why the questions was not, Can free democracies be established? but, rather, Can they endure?

- John Agresto, The Death of Learning: How American Education Has Failed Our Students and What to Do About It

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