Conservatives Can Learn from the Flaws in Spielberg's Lincoln

Upon Abraham Lincoln's death, the collective grief contributed to what some historians, like Merrill D. Peterson, have named "apotheosis."  Walt Whitman's poems dedicated to Lincoln, like "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," made Abe an otherworldly artifact unlike any other president: Coffin that passes through lanes and streets, Through day and night with the great cloud darkening the land, With the pomp of the inloop'd flags with the cities draped in black, With the show of the States themselves as of crape-veil'd women standing, With processions long and winding and the flambeaus of the night, With the countless torches lit, with the silent sea of faces and the unbared heads, With the waiting depot, the arriving coffin, and the sombre faces, With dirges through the night, with the thousand voices rising strong and solemn, With all the mournful voices of the dirges pour'd around the coffin, The dim-lit churches and the shuddering organs-where amid these you...(Read Full Article)

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