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In This Two Hundredth Year Since His Birth, Another Dollop of Abe


On Uncommon Knowledge earlier this summer, Harry Jaffa discussed his classic 1959 book, Crisis of the House Divided.  This week Jaffa returns to discuss the sequel, his 2000 volume A New Birth of Freedom.

Jaffa begins by making a critical point:  Whereas the Founders had expected slavery simply to wither away, by the middle of the nineteenth century the peculiar institution had done no such thing.

Slavery was regarded as a necessary evil in 1776.  By 1860 a large part of the country, North as well as South, believed that slavery was a benign institution and supported by both God and history.

Enter Lincoln.

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