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Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday night thoughts

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Sixth and Madison. My old office was right there on the second floor of that very corner, about where the injured soldier is sitting. I used to selfishly bemoan the fact that they tore down a 150 year old building to put up a parking ramp. But, I've since gotten over it. The building itself (the old Paul Tick warehouse, distributor of Goebel beer), was only about 100 years old, but the foundation under it dated back to Lincoln's time.

I'd sit at my desk and occasionally become distracted when I looked out the window. Kitty corner across the street was the Bread Line, where the people would line up around the corner for a little sustenance. Watching those men and women and families -- rain or shine, snow, sleet, sub-zero temps -- every day for the eight years I worked there made an impact on me.

* Even though time was growing short, Lincoln knew the people would come to terms with emancipation in their own time.

Most of Lincoln’s arguments against emancipation seem, in retrospect, designed to encourage the ministers to publicly advocate for emancipation, rather than to discourage their support. This was doubtless part of Lincoln’s strategy to build support in the North for a full-scale assault on the institution.... [The President and the Pastors.]

* The Emancipation Proclamation is 150 Years Old.

Posted by Marie at September 21, 2012 10:31 PM

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