Lincoln's Other Presidency

I wonder sometimes about Lincoln's other presidency.  You know, what he hoped to accomplish during his presidency, before the South seceded.  His 1860 platform called for free homestead legislation, internal improvements - especially a transcontinental railroad, also river and harbor improvements, daily mail service, a protective tariff, a prohibition on changing naturalization laws, and, yes, a ban on extending slavery into the territories and suppression of the African slave trade.  It also (and somewhat contradictorily) called for a "return to rigid economy and accountability... to arrest the systematic plunder of the public treasury by favored partisans" because "the people justly view with alarm the reckless extravagance which pervades every department of the Federal Government."Several of these planks were enacted into law during Lincoln's presidency (aided no doubt by the absence of much of the opposition party).  The Homestead Act of...(Read Full Post)