Today is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address
and of what may be the clearest and most powerful argument against
secession and for
the perpetuity of our Union ever delivered by an American statesman.
I also bring your attention, again, to this project
and note today's entry in it. Reading that entry, one cannot help but feel some measure of the horrible apprehension that must have been coursing through Lincoln's veins as he set out in these uncharted and dangerous waters. It is useful to recall immortal words like this on their anniversary, but it is so much better to recall them--as we now so readily can--in their proper context.