H.L. Mencken on Abraham Lincoln

By way of a commenter at Front Porch Republic, I ran across this great piece by H.L. Mencken, written in 1920. The whole article is great, and worth remembering in the days when the Union is about to finally dissolve and the Republican Party meanders to its deserved grave.  This small taste, regarding the Gettysburg Address:

The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination—”that government of the people, by the people, for the people,” should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in that battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves.

I ran across it by way of  The Gunslinger.


2 Responses to H.L. Mencken on Abraham Lincoln

  1. Nikkita says:

    Wow, it was really interesting to read Mencken’s thoughts on the address. It really marked a profound turning point for the nation, which is why it is constantly referred back to. I’ve been listening it (I downloaded it free from http://www.audiobooks.net) to try get a better perspective of American History – to give some context to modern day issues.

  2. Cynyr says:

    History will always give a perspective – it is our choice to listen. Haven’t been doing so good lately, have we?

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