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This Day in History: November 6th

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: history, republican party, Abraham Lincoln, Americans, politics, elections )

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The election of Abraham Lincoln to the United States presidency is the spark that ignited the Civil War in April of 1861. Lincoln was the first Republican to become President, a feat made even more impressive considering the party had only been in...

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Carrie B (306)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 4:22 pm
My how the Republican party has changed!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:07 pm

That's some fun facts about Lincoln, an interesting man. Today, doctors looking his life and death masks believe his aging was an undiagnosed disease, in Lincoln's time something that would have been labeled as a wasting disease. He was the most photographed man of his time, he suffered from debilitating headaches, for those he took pills made mostly from mercury. In his own time he was considered distant and not friendly and preferred the company of men to women. That I can understand.
Thanks Carrie.

Jason S (50)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:36 pm
Good posting, thanks

zora b (85)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 9:49 pm
Excellent post, Carrie, thank you.

Keith H (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:36 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:18 am

Ben O (154)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 5:35 am
"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy"
(Abraham Lincoln)

Lona G (80)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:31 am
Thanks for the posting, Carrie and your first comment. We were watching the movie "Lincoln" about this strange and interesting man a few months ago and were all rather confused, not so much by the views and actions of Lincoln but by the political views expressed by the Republicans and Democrat at that point in time. We Dutch of course know little of your political history and also have trouble placing either party within our own political spectrum, but all present came to the same conclusion. Somewhere along the line the parties have changed roles and switched the name plates over their doors. Very confusing, but it explains why you now find the Republican party so changed, Carrie. The same holds for the Democrats.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 1:09 pm
What is especially odd is that the Republicans keep calling themselves "The Party of Lincoln." Fact is, Lincoln would rather go Bigfoot hunting with that nutcase from Oklahoma (the one who shot his buddy because he thought he heard a dog bark) than be called a modern Republican.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 1:53 pm
Oh, American history. :-/

Birgit W (160)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:22 pm
Thanks Carrie.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:51 pm
"a feat made even more impressive considering the party had only been in existence for a decade"
Not so impressive if you consider the financial backing for the GOP being almost every railroad magnate and bankster in the country.
You see, Lincoln was the highest paid lawyer for many of the East's biggest railroads, just prior to his election. If you look at old railroad maps, (online), you will see that the South had few railroad lines compared with the North. The Northern railroad magnates had been trying to expand their lines into the deep South for decades, but the South resisted, citing the increase in crime and gangs in the Northern railroad cities.
This is not taught in school, but it is a major reason for the Civil War. Remember, the 'slavery issue' wasn't even addressed by Lincoln until halfway through the war, which the North was losing at the time; and Lincoln once said, 'if he could reunite the Union without freeing one slave, he would do so.' Don't such things make you wonder what the war was really all about?

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 2:52 pm
Very interesting article Carrie. I wonder what Lincoln would think of the Republicans of today!!!
Thank You for sharing Carrie.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 7:43 pm
Thank You for the Interesting Article Carrie.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 8:42 pm
"The stress of being President during the Civil War aged him terribly in four short years. Abe wasn’t a looker to begin with, and by the end of his first term in office the toll of being commander-in-chief during the country’s most turbulent times was clearly marked on the man’s extremely ravaged face. Not only was his physical appearance drastically altered, but the haunted, tired look in Lincoln’s eyes is unmistakable."

See his photo in the visit site.

ty, Carrie.

Shawna S (45)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 9:32 pm
Lincoln served his country with dignity. IMO.
Thanks, Carrie :")

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 9:32 pm
Henry, the nutcase was from Wyoming, although there are many nutcases n Oklahoma too; it's a natural thought.

Lona, it is a little more complicated than that, but not much - and pretty much happened since 1960. Up till then, the nutcases in the South stayed Democrats precisely because Lincoln had been a Republican. But when civil rights legislation was passed in the 60's under Democratic leadership, gradually they decided they could not be Democrats any more and the Republican party was the only other option available. Progressivism had been building under the Democrats, oh, probably since about the 1880's, but it was the civil rights legislation the Southern Democrats could not stomach. So, as I say, they moved to the Republican Party and have been taking it over ever since. People of hate have now made it a party of hate.

Süheyla C (234)
Friday November 8, 2013, 12:51 pm
I love Lincoln

Melania Padilla (122)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 12:23 pm

. (0)
Friday January 3, 2014, 1:12 pm
An extremely complicated man-thank you.
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