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Posts by Homer_J_Simpson

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  • May 1856

    05/05/2016 4:55:17 AM PDT · 24 of 27
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from April 22 (reply #26).

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    Nicole Etcheson, "Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era"

  • May 1856

    05/04/2016 12:52:57 PM PDT · 19 of 27
    Homer_J_Simpson to BroJoeK
    I spend so much time on Twitter these days that when I read a good post here I look around for the Like button. There isn't one. So, with regard to your reply #18 -

    "Like"

  • May 1856

    05/03/2016 4:40:08 AM PDT · 10 of 27
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Chicopee Mass Weekly Journal source

    The Chicopee, Mass. Weekly Journal
    May 3, 1856

    To the People of Massachusetts – 2
    Political – 2
    Massacre of Americans at Panama – 2
    Chicopee News – 2

    Link to Chicopee Weekly Journal

  • May 1856

    05/02/2016 4:12:26 PM PDT · 9 of 27
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster

    Way to go, Fishers!

  • May 1856

    05/01/2016 7:29:29 AM PDT · 2 of 27
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    New Month, new thread. May is more eventful than those earlier in the year. I will continue with the Chicopee Mass. Weekly Journal and excerpts from the authors named above. Feel free to add items from other sources.

    Link to April thread.

  • May 1856

    05/01/2016 7:27:57 AM PDT · 1 of 27
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents U.S. History, 1855-1860: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: November 21, 2015. Last date to add: Sometime in the future.
    Reading: Self-assigned. Recommendations made and welcomed. To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by reply or freepmail.
  • John Boehner calls Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh," "miserable" SOB

    04/28/2016 10:07:44 AM PDT · 149 of 173
    Homer_J_Simpson to ZULU
    Screw Boner. This is disinformation designed to hurt Trump.

    No, it is the truth. If we are very lucky it will hurt Trump enough to prevent his idiot followers from pissing my country away. I'm not counting on that, though.

  • April 1856

    04/26/2016 4:55:11 AM PDT · 28 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    The Chicopee, Mass. Weekly Journal
    April 26, 1856

    The Emigrant’s Family – 1
    Female Politeness – 1
    An Englishman in America – 1
    Elections – 2
    Peace Treaty Signed – 2

    Link to Chicopee Weekly Journal

  • April 1856

    04/22/2016 4:49:28 AM PDT · 26 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from reply #24.

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    Nicole Etcheson, "Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era"

  • April 1856

    04/19/2016 4:47:44 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    The Chicopee, Mass. Weekly Journal
    April 19, 1856

    The Way of the Transgressor – 1
    Mozart – 1
    The Hiawatha Mania – 1
    Col. Fremont [Letter from Gov. Robinson of KS to the possible Republican presidential candidate] – 2
    A Clergyman for Fighting [in Kansas] – 2
    The Next Presidency – 2
    Link to Chicopee Weekly Journal

  • April 1856

    04/19/2016 4:44:23 AM PDT · 24 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from reply #18.

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    Nicole Etcheson, "Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era"

  • April 1856

    04/12/2016 5:18:15 AM PDT · 23 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    The Chicopee, Mass. Weekly Journal
    April 12, 1856

    Karl’s Poverty – 1
    Exercise for Women – 1
    Chicopee News – 2

    Link to Chicopee Weekly Journal

  • April 1856

    04/07/2016 4:39:03 AM PDT · 18 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Ongoing story from Kansas.

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    Continued from March 17 (reply #90)

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    Nicole Etcheson, "Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era"

  • April 1856

    04/05/2016 5:00:36 AM PDT · 11 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Chicopee Mass Weekly Journal source

    The Chicopee, Mass. Weekly Journal
    April 5, 1856

    The Frozen Watch – 1
    Emigration – 2
    Chicopee News – 2
    Our Inventors – 2-3

    Direct link to Chicopee Weekly Journal

  • Electoral Map Is a Reality Check to Trumpís Bid

    04/02/2016 2:17:09 PM PDT · 156 of 206
    Homer_J_Simpson to laplata
    It's not as simple as you seem to think it is, but I'll play.

    We know Hillary would do really bad things as president. We have no idea what Trump would do as president because he changes his mind on everything every few minutes. So he could accidentally be better for America. As president. Since he won't be president he is merely part of the badness that is Hillary.

  • Electoral Map Is a Reality Check to Trumpís Bid

    04/02/2016 1:30:44 PM PDT · 141 of 206
    Homer_J_Simpson to laplata
    You did not answer my question.

    Yes I did. I can't help it if you refuse to understand it.

  • Electoral Map Is a Reality Check to Trumpís Bid

    04/02/2016 1:23:46 PM PDT · 137 of 206
    Homer_J_Simpson to laplata

    Trump can not possibly be elected. He has the worst favorable ratings of any presidential candidate ever. If he got the nomination Hillary could take a 3 month vacation and still win in a walk. That is not a GOPe lie or a MSM lie or any other kind of lie. It is reality. 65% of Republicans loathe him. 70% of all women loathe him. With good reason. He is a loathsome candidate.

  • Electoral Map Is a Reality Check to Trumpís Bid

    04/02/2016 1:03:27 PM PDT · 127 of 206
    Homer_J_Simpson to laplata
    It’s way too early to speculate on this.

    No, it is not. There are many people who are still operating under the delusion that Trump should get the nomination. That would be a catastrophe for America. The sooner everyone realizes that the easier it will be to minimize the damage Trump does to the conservative movement, the United States, and the world.

  • Trump expands lead in GOP race (Reuters Daily Tracking (4/1) - Trump 45 - Cruz 31 - Kasich 18)

    04/01/2016 3:20:20 PM PDT · 72 of 108
    Homer_J_Simpson to TexasCruzin
    Cruz will be coming in a distant third in all the northeast state primaries coming up this month. Nowhere near any close seconds. Its time to face reality. Cruz will do well in WI but that’s about it. He’ll be mathematically eliminated after NY.

    You need to check your delegate math. Either Cruz will get the nom by the 2nd ballot during the convention or the convention will pick someone who is not now in the running. Trump is going nowhere, though he may have ensured a Clinton win in November. That will be on the Trump supporters.

  • April 1856

    04/01/2016 5:02:48 AM PDT · 2 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    New month, new thread. I have a few excerpts from Bleeding Kanas beginning April 7. In the meantime post newspaper articles or other items of interest here. Here is a link to last month’s thread.

    March 1856

  • April 1856

    04/01/2016 5:01:33 AM PDT · 1 of 28
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents U.S. History, 1855-1860: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: November 21, 2015. Last date to add: Sometime in the future.
    Reading: Self-assigned. Recommendations made and welcomed. To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by reply or freepmail.
  • March 1856

    03/29/2016 5:01:41 AM PDT · 111 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    The Chicopee, Mass. Weekly Journal
    March 29, 1856

    The Sewing Society – 1-2
    Investigation (Congressional committee to Kansas) – 2
    Chicopee News – 2

    Link to Chicopee Weekly Journal

  • March 1856

    03/22/2016 4:46:39 PM PDT · 109 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to rustbucket

    Any recommendations for biographies of Robert E. Lee, William T. Sherman or Jefferson Davis? I want to get up to date on those people but don’t have their stories.

  • March 1856

    03/22/2016 5:07:24 AM PDT · 104 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    The Chicopee, Mass. Weekly Journal
    March 22, 1856

    Out of Work – 1
    Virginia (Description of Richmond slave market) – 1
    France (On agricultural deficiencies in that country) – 1
    “We Mean to Subdue You, Sir!” (Editorial on Sen. Stephen A. Douglas speech) – 2
    Chicopee News – 2
    The Reeder Case (Kansas news) – 2

    Link to Chicopee Weekly Journal

  • March 1856

    03/17/2016 11:08:22 AM PDT · 93 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Time for my book report on my latest reading. Today we have -

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    I read some reviews on Amazon and chose this version. I thought about getting Grant’s own Memoirs, but was daunted by the length of a two-volume set. But in the preface to his bio Smith mentioned that Grant’s autobiography “achieved deserved fame as the greatest military autobiography in the English language.” English is my language, so I guess I better get that one, too.

    I am only three chapters into the book – to get past 1856 – but what I have read so far has made me a fan and admirer of Grant. Before he became famous he showed himself to be a man of courage, kindness and high character.

    U.S. Grant started life April 27, 1822 as H.U. Grant. His given names were Hiram Ulysses. That was changed by the congressman who got him his appointment to West Point. Rep. Thomas Hamer wrote Ulysses S. Grant on the application by mistake, thinking the middle name was Grant’s mother’s maiden name – Simpson. So Grant went on the roster at the USMA as U.S. Grant instead of H.U. Grant. The young man was so unassuming he didn’t get officialdom to correct the error, so the name stuck. Grant was a mediocre cadet in all things except horsemanship, in which he was unsurpassed at the academy. He finished in the lower middle of his class. That was largely due to his habit of reading popular novels of the time rather than studying his text books.

    Grant’s first assignment after getting his commission with the class of 1843 was to the 4th Infantry Regiment at Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis, Missouri. While there he frequently visited the family home of his academy roommate, Fred Dent. He began to court Dent’s sister, Julia, and eventually the couple became engaged.

    I can accurately state that almost everything I know about the Mexican War I learned from chapter 2 of this biography. I learned that U.S. forces suffered killed in action in that war at a rate “highest of any war fought by the United States.” I learned that the U.S. expeditionary forces fought two different campaigns under two commanding generals. Zachary Taylor led the campaign in northern Mexico in 1846 that resulted in the capture of Monterrey and Winfield Scott led the campaign that took Mexico City the following year. The change of commanders was a political decision made by President Polk, who wanted a Democratic figure to replace the Whig Taylor. Taylor and Scott differed greatly in personal style but both were able commanders. Grant and the 4th Infantry took part in both campaigns. For much of the northern campaign Grant was assigned as quartermaster. He protested this assignment in writing because he wanted to remain with his company to share their dangers, but his letter requesting that was denied. Grant benefited greatly in the long term because he learned from the bottom up what it takes to keep an army field and on the move supplied. The author suggests we will learn how Grant benefitted from this lesson during the Civil War. Despite this assignment Lt. Grant managed to get into combat several times and was decorated twice for distinguished behavior while under fire.

    Grant spent several months of occupation duty in Mexico after hostilities ceased, then returned to the United States in 1848, where he married Julia Dent on August 22, 1848. The names of Grant’s comrades-in-arms during the Mexican War read like a who’s who of Civil War commanders of the north and south. To illustrate this, Grant’s best man at his wedding was Julia’s cousin James Longstreet. The two ushers were Cadmus Wilcox and Bernard Pratte. “All three would surrender to Grant at Appomattox.”

    Lt. Grant was next assigned to a number of posts on the Canadian border before getting orders to accompany the 4th Regiment, along with dependent wives and children, to California by ship via Panama. Julia Grant was pregnant with the couple’s second child and Grant insisted she forego the grueling trip. That turned out to be literally a lifesaving decision. When the travelers reached Panama a cholera epidemic was raging, and it struck the Americans hard. All twenty of the young children on the voyage died. Lt. Grant was in charge of logistics for the regiment and behaved heroically in the crisis. “When orderlies balked at tending the sick, Grant undertook the nursing himself.” He organized a pack train and got them moving towards the Pacific side of the isthmus. The 4th reached San Francisco on August 17, 1852.

    During his west coast tour Lt. Grant began to involve himself in business ventures. He and a partner tried growing potatoes, onions and corn in the Columbia River gorge. The crop was flooded out. They invested in chickens for sale in San Francisco. The vessel was delayed and the chickens died. They tried to open a social club in San Francisco. Their agent ran off with the funds. They loaded ice on a ship, again for sale in San Francisco. The ship was again delayed and the ice melted. It seems Grant was able to envision the potential profits from a business venture but didn’t look at the downside risk. He also placed too much trust in the wrong people. His run of bad luck was icing on his failure cake. During this time Grant began to drink more than was good for him, as was standard behavior among the army officers he served with. Eventually the boozing resulted in his resigning his commission and returning to civilian life. The details are not known for certain but it seems highly probable that Lt. Grant’s CO at Ft. Humboldt, California, Lt. Col. Robert C. Buchanan, came across Grant drunk while on duty and gave him the choice of resignation or court martial. To avoid the shame of a trial Grant resigned effective July 31, 1854.

    This began a series of hard years for Grant. He returned to his family in St. Louis and – now a teetotaler – tried farming and other vocations, attempting to keep one step ahead of the bill collectors. At times he was reduced to cutting and selling firewood on the streets of St. Louis to keep his family afloat.

    So that is where we find U.S. Grant in March 1856 – struggling for a living in St Louis. At the end of 1859 Grant will move to Galena, Illinois, where his father and brothers are running a leather business in 1860. I believe the U.S. Army will find a better use for his talents shortly afterwards.

    I like this book and recommend it.

  • March 1856

    03/17/2016 11:00:30 AM PDT · 92 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to rdl6989

    Excellent. Thank you.

  • March 1856

    03/17/2016 5:51:10 AM PDT · 90 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from reply #64

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    Nicole Etcheson, "Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era"

  • Random Thoughts on the Current Chaos

    03/16/2016 10:17:22 AM PDT · 55 of 56
    Homer_J_Simpson to henkster
    You make a good case for Trump as the lesser evil, but I just don't know if I can vote for a man who said, when asked about his national security team, "I have a great brain."

    I fear we are in the midst of a national waking nightmare that will get a lot worse.

  • March 1856

    03/15/2016 6:36:27 AM PDT · 88 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick

    So, you don’t think it seemeth all that lovely?

  • March 1856

    03/15/2016 5:05:53 AM PDT · 85 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    The Chicopee, Mass. Weekly Journal
    March 15, 1856

    Franklin and His Mother – 1
    Fling Away the Razor – 1
    Chicopee News – 2
    Free Love – 2
    Republican (anti-Nebraska) Caucus at Washington – 2
    Affairs in Kansas – 2

    Link to Chicopee Weekly Journal

  • March 1856

    03/14/2016 2:20:07 PM PDT · 80 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to colorado tanker; henkster

    I really don’t see how a candidate with the negatives of Trump would ever beat even a candidate as horrible as Clinton. It will have to be Cruz or someone else picked through an open convention.

  • March 1856

    03/12/2016 6:03:56 AM PST · 65 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
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    Continued from February 1856 (reply #11, first excerpt)

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    Don E. Fehrenbacher, "The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics" (1978)

  • March 1856

    03/12/2016 5:55:31 AM PST · 64 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Continued from reply #48
    1

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    2

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    Nicole Etcheson, "Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era"

  • March 1856

    03/08/2016 6:00:21 AM PST · 59 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    The Chicopee, Mass. Weekly Journal
    March 8, 1856

    The Lost Son: A Touching Story – 1
    A Wonderful Escape-1777 – 1
    Has There Been Fighting? (editorial on Kansas) – 2
    Chicopee News – 2
    The Union is Safe! All Out! (editorial on recent speech by Edward Everett) – 2

    Link to Chicopee Weekly Journal

  • March 1856

    03/04/2016 4:47:29 AM PST · 48 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Ongoing story from Kansas.

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    Continued from January 24 (reply #120)

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    Nicole Etcheson, "Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era"

  • March 1856

    03/03/2016 12:33:02 PM PST · 45 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to BroJoeK

    Is this the Gettysburg Republican Compiler reprinting an article from another periodical, the Washington Union? I would guess that is a southern publication.

  • March 1856

    03/02/2016 8:48:38 AM PST · 28 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...

    Here is a direct link to the Chicopee Weekly Journal, March 1, 1856, that Eternal Vigilance posted yesterday. Thank you EV. If you plan to post this weekly you might address it to the ping list on my profile. (Civil War list, not WWII list).

    http://www.chicopeepubliclibrary.org/archives/files/original/a72b80b2f281be0534b85642ff6682c3.pdf

  • March 1856

    03/01/2016 5:06:53 AM PST · 2 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    New month, new thread. I have a few excerpts from Bleeding Kanas and Dred Scott beginning March 4. In the meantime post newspaper articles or other items of interest here. Here is a link to last month’s thread.

    February 1856

  • March 1856

    03/01/2016 5:06:06 AM PST · 1 of 115
    Homer_J_Simpson
    Free Republic University, Department of History presents U.S. History, 1855-1860: Seminar and Discussion Forum
    First session: November 21, 2015. Last date to add: Sometime in the future.
    Reading: Self-assigned. Recommendations made and welcomed. To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by reply or freepmail.
  • February 1856

    02/28/2016 12:58:51 PM PST · 63 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to occamrzr06
    They had a leap year n 1856

    I'm pretty sure they're having one in 2016, too.

  • February 1856

    02/25/2016 8:21:58 AM PST · 41 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to BroJoeK

    I wonder if the Adams Sentinel sells ads to a shoe factory.

  • February 1856

    02/22/2016 4:24:26 PM PST · 37 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to DoodleDawg; henkster

    My favorite way to post excerpts is to get different accounts of the same event. That helps to zero in on what really happened as well as giving alternate, but factual looks at something. I have to much reading to catch up on to get another Lincoln bio, so if you or anyone else wants to post excerpts from other works it will be appreciated. Especially date-specific stuff that we can cover from different angles.

  • February 1856

    02/22/2016 6:58:34 AM PST · 34 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to DoodleDawg; CougarGA7

    Have you also read “The War Years”? I was planning in investing in that 4 volume set also, since it has been recommended by others. I wonder if the history in that is tolerably objective or is it reader beware?

  • February 1856

    02/22/2016 6:52:00 AM PST · 33 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to DoodleDawg
    Sandburg is where a lot of the Lincoln mythology got it's start. It's entertaining but not great history.

    I will keep that in mind if and when I decide to post excerpts from it. Sandburg occasionally embarks on obvious flights of imagination which can be a little annoying and he puts himself in Lincoln's head more than one would expect from an objective account. But Sandburg researched it exhaustively. It also helps that it was written in 1926 when there were still a few people from Lincoln's time around to interview. There are reproductions of letters and other items that may be worth posting here. Sandburg focuses on "the times" as well as "the life" in his biography. More so than the Donald bio does. That is helpful for readers like me who are not that well grounded in world history. Sandburg devotes whole chapters to describing what is going on in the U.S. and the world entirely apart from Lincoln. An example I recall is his description of the nascent globalization occurring in 1831, the year Lincoln left the family home and set out on his own.

  • February 1856

    02/22/2016 6:28:23 AM PST · 31 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to DoodleDawg
    I'm more partial to "A. Lincoln: A Biography" by Ronald White myself.

    I don't remember if I considered that one when I was selecting. I'm now in the middle of Sandburg's "The Prairie Years." It is different, but I am enjoying it. I'm almost through Volume 1 now. Volume 2 will get me to where we are now (1856).

  • February 1856

    02/22/2016 5:52:45 AM PST · 29 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to Tax-chick

    Not to worry. There isn’t that much news to get behind on at this point so it doesn’t take long to get caught up.

  • February 1856

    02/22/2016 4:57:41 AM PST · 27 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...
    Today we have the first excerpt from a book I posted about in December.

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    The following mentions Lincoln's long-time law partner, William "Billy" Herndon. Outside his family Herndon may have been the most important person in Lincoln's life.

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    William H. Herndon

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    David Herbert Donald, "Lincoln" (1995)

  • Elite Don't Get Trump's Appeal

    02/13/2016 8:37:14 AM PST · 41 of 119
    Homer_J_Simpson to GilGil

    I am a conservative and I have worked all my life. I went to a state college at night. I served in the Navy. I don’t get Trump’s appeal beyond the “we’ve had it” rage. I think Trump is poison and his nomination would be an utter disaster for the nation. It would almost certainly lead to another Democrat president.

  • February 1856

    02/12/2016 5:11:19 PM PST · 25 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to occamrzr06

    No mention of slavery at all in the Presidential proclamation.

  • February 1856

    02/12/2016 7:52:01 AM PST · 23 of 73
    Homer_J_Simpson to occamrzr06
    Slavery, Sir, is cannibalism, not the cannibalism which eats men, but that which puts the image of God on the auction block."

    We have been dealing with fundamental things in this country for all our history.