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(august 16, 2017) usa today
(july 31, 2017) usa today
(june 29, 2017) the wall street journal
(APRIL 13, 2017) Real Clear Politics
(February 17, 2017) Philadelphia inquirer
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(January 2017) Gettysburg Magazine
(November 15, 2016) the washington post
"A Springfield Education" (Review of Sidney Blumenthal's The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln: A Self-Made Man, 1809-1849), Washington Monthly (June/July/August 2016) Blumenthal will be best recognized as the onetime tiger of the Clinton administration—senior White House aide and personal confidante to President Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, then senior advisor to Hillary Clinton during her 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination, and a paid consultant for the Clinton Foundation. This may seem like an odd fit for writing about the politics of the first Republican president. But the skeptical should drop their shields. This is a splendid book, and on a Lincolnian theme—the political Lincoln—that was in sagging need of a facelift.
Commentary: "14th Amendment laid foundation of civil liberties," Philadelphia Inquirer (May 8, 2016)
"Next To A Miracle," Washington Monthly (Mar/Apr/May 2016) The first session of the U.S. Congress was as bitter and riven by divisions—over ideology, taxes, federal versus state power, the role of “big money,” flexible versus strict interpretation of the Constitution—as the 114th Congress. The difference is, we can be proud of the first.
"Four Roads to Emancipation: Lincoln, the Law, and the proclamation," Allen Guelzo, IN Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy, ed. Nicholas Buccola (University press of kansas, 2016)
It takes nothing away from the struggles of the slaves to say that freedom came to them as the act of a white man; moreover, Lincoln did not issue the Proclamation as a white man, handing out gifts to people who could thereafter be resented if they did not behave as humble children, but as the President of the United States and the Commander-in-Chief. The slaves themselves certainly had no problem linking their fortunes to Lincoln’s. The African-American war correspondent Thomas Morris Chester wrote that the Proclamation “ends the days of oppression, cruelty and outrage, founded on complexion, and introduces an era of emancipation, humanity and virtue, founded upon the principles of unerring justice.” ...Frederick Douglass agreed. “The fourth of July was great, but the first of January, when we consider it in all its relations and bearings is incomparably greater. The one respect to the mere political birth to a nation, the last concerns the national life and character, and is to determine whether that life and character shall be radiantly glorious with all high and noble virtues, or infamously blackened, forevermore, with all the hell-darkened crimes and horrors which attach to Slavery.” When freedmen were interviewed by a congressional committee on Reconstruction in 1866, and asked when they considered themselves free, the answers were unanimous: “When the proclamation was issued,” and “I have been a slave from my childhood up to the time I was set free by the emancipation proclamation” and “Under the Proclamation of the President of the United States, I consider myself a Free Man.” There was, in the end, nothing easy about the Emancipation Proclamation. It involved numerous false hopes and false starts, and the fourth and final road Lincoln adopted in order to reach emancipation, through a "war powers" proclamation, was itself ripe with legal dangers, some of which remain with us.