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The Study of Lincoln...
12-16-2017, 03:09 PM
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The Study of Lincoln...
To all those interested in the study of Lincoln:

Be prepared for a wonderful adventure for his story is such.
Learn the basics: his birth, growing-up years, lawyer days, the presidency.
Read multiple sources and don’t necessarily trust any one source.
Be keen to the time and place in history that the source material was written. History is not static. New things are learned. Authors have their particular slants. Be ever mindful.
Be ready for frustration. Their are contradictions, errors, and dead-ends in the study of Lincoln.
Hold what you think you know about Lincoln as tentative.
Learn to love him. Discover who he was. Cut through the dross and get to know him.
Be humble. You will have your opinion but the opinions of others are valid and need to be respected.
Consider yourself a detective. You have your flashlight seeking out the story.
You will eventually gain some confidence in the knowledge you’ve gained.
In the end, if you have done the job well, you will consider Lincoln a friend. He will be part of your family. He will be part of you.
In the study of Lincoln, beware. It will become a passion.
People will ask you why; why Lincoln?
Your answer will be unique to you.
There are those who love him, or hate him, or care less about him.
You must be about to deal with these truths.
In the study of Lincoln there is no end.
If you are new to the adventure I wish you well- and welcome you aboard. We are your fellow travelers. For those of us that have been on the Lincoln road for awhile- I offer you continued encouragement. And I thank you all for your encouragement to me.
Onward we go in the study of Lincoln...

Bill Nash
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12-16-2017, 03:19 PM
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Bill, you have not posted for awhile - what a wonderful and thoughtful way to return. Kudos!!
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12-16-2017, 03:33 PM
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Very thoughtful.
I have found the study of Lincoln through this forum has brought me many new friends.

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
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12-16-2017, 05:55 PM (This post was last modified: 12-17-2017 06:34 AM by LincolnMan.)
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(12-16-2017 03:19 PM)RJNorton Wrote:  Bill, you have not posted for awhile - what a wonderful and thoughtful way to return. Kudos!!

Thank you Roger!
Although I am still unpacking in my new residence I am anxious to get back into the swing of things.

(12-16-2017 03:33 PM)Gene C Wrote:  Very thoughtful.
I have found the study of Lincoln through this forum has brought me many new friends.

Speaking as one of those friends I heartily agree!

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12-16-2017, 10:16 PM
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Wonderful! Thanks.

I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it. (Letter to James H. Hackett, November 2, 1863)
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