When Michael Barone invoked the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 to place the struggle over Obamacare in historical context, I briefly took a look back at Abraham’s Lincoln’s great Peoria speech of October 1854 on the subject. There is nothing quite like the Peoria speech in the Lincoln corpus.
In light of Barone’s column, the Claremont Review of Books posted Harry Jaffa’s review/essay on Lincoln’s Peoria speech. The occasion of Jaffa’s essay is Lewis Lehrman’s Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point.
Earlier this year former NEH chairman Bruce Cole conducted an informative interview with Lehrman about the book. The interview makes several interesting points, none more clearly than that the book was a labor of love.
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