Lincoln's Enduring Legacy: Perspective from Great Thinkers, by William D. Pederson, Frank J. Williams, Robert P. Watson

By William D. Pederson, Frank J. Williams, Robert P. Watson Lynn University; author of Affairs of State The Presidents' Wives and America's First Crisis, Danny Adkison, John Barr, Byron Daynes, David Demaree, Gordon Henderson, James Macdonald, David Mass,

Coming at the heels of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's beginning, Lincoln's Enduring Legacy deals hugely readable and obtainable views on Lincoln at 2 hundred when it comes to his impression on nice leaders and thinkers and his position in American historical past. The booklet explores how Lincoln's phrases and deeds have inspired the pursuit of justice and freedom and the perform of democracy within the century and a part on account that he ruled. Lincoln, as an abolitionist, the architect of Reconstruction, an avowed Unionist, a wordsmith and rhetorician, his age's superior prophet for democracy, and America's maximum president is still an iconic picture in American memory.

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28 Among those valued attributes, the study revealed the terms trustworthy, honest, just, informed, decisive, motivational, communicative, dependable, intelligent, having foresight, and being a team builder. Separate research by James Kouzes and Barry Posner indicated something similar. ” In that pattern, a majority of people believed that a leader needed to be honest, forward-looking, inspiring, and competent. 29 Not surprisingly, there is considerable overlap between those characteristics and the frequently noted attributes representative of good character.

As a person allowed his feelings to well up in writing and appreciating poetry, so the authentic individual allowed his desires and impulses to well up and serve as the springs of his actions, if he or she was truly free. One who does not follow his or her own nature ceased to have a nature to follow and became dwarfed, hidebound, pinched, cramped, or clipped like a pollard. ” 22 The withering of our nature and of any chance for freedom resulted from imitating others or from being forced by public opinion or the law to live constrained lives.

Lincoln’s summary of the views of “other reasoners” applied precisely to Mill: But another class of reasoners hold the opinion that there is no such relation between capital and labor, as assumed; and that there is no such thing as a freeman being fatally fixed for life, in the condition of a hired laborer, that both these assumptions are false, and all inferences from them groundless. They hold that labor is prior to, and independent of, capital; that, in fact, capital is the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed—that labor can exist without capital, but that capital could never have existed without labor.

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