Thanksgiving, and the Religious Awakening of Abraham Lincoln

Thanksgiving is one of the “high holidays” of America’s civic life.  While proclamations of national days of thanksgiving went back to George Washington, the holiday didn’t become an official feature of the American calendar until, in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the holiday would fall on “the last Thursday of…

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Knowledge is Power: The Forgotten Perils of the Intellect

I’ve been reviewing some of the stories and lessons in McGuffey’s Readers, which were by far the bestselling textbooks in 19th century America (the only book that outsold them was the Bible).  They were originally authored by William Holmes McGuffey in 1836.  McGuffey, who was a deeply religious man, believed…

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