The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

Tophat allegedly owned by Abraham Lincoln (c 1860): Photo Courtesy of the Chicago Historical SocietyTophat allegedly owned by Abraham Lincoln (c 1860): Photo Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society

 

Vol. 2, Issue 1/ February 1999  

In launching our magazine, we decided to take on big ideas; and "The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln," as a subject is almost as daunting as our first one, "Time." Lincoln has become a touchstone for just about any question one can think of, according to James McPherson, "quoting him as important as quoting the Bible." Focusing on the 16th president for our February 1999 issue is especially appropriate for the IHC. This year is our 25th anniversary and, as the state humanities council of the "Land of Lincoln," we are celebrating the importance of Illinois heritage.