If you have been keeping up with my pacing suggestions, this week’s selection is the penultimate excerpt of Drawn With the Sword. The two essays for this week both deal with the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The first discusses the historical memory of Lincoln, and why he has remained the iconic American president. McPherson also analyzes the Gettysburg Address, which we will spend some time examining this fall. You may agree or disagree with McPherson’s application of modern political ideology to Lincoln, which may be another interesting area for discussion this year.
The second essay deals with a question that we discussed to a limited extent in AP US History, and will be talking about more in the coming months. McPherson does an excellent job of explaining both sides of the debate and then arguing his view. I would recommend this essay as a model for constructing arguments in your EEs and IAs.