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Guelzo on Lind on Lincoln

As Peter noted many months ago, Michael Lind’s book on Lincoln is simply bad. Framing his devastating criticism with kindness, Allen Guelzo shows how Lind’s effort to turn Lincoln into a racist money-grubbing capitalist (the Left’s favorite caricature of Republicans)doesn’t work.

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At APSA this year I saw a panel with Jaffa, Guelzo and Lind together. Jaffa and Guelzo were wonderful. Lind less so. He spent most of the time trying to convince Jaffa that Jaffa had succeeded in convincing everyone else of his main argument - that Lincoln thought the Declaration was critical in understanding the Constitution. Jaffa didn’t agree. Didn’t think the debate had been won yet.

Thanks, Caleb, I missed that panel. BTW, I couldn’t find a single reference to Jaffa in Lind’s book. Guess it didn’t support his line of argument. Guess also that it was too hard to argue against.

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