Happy Birthday President Lincoln!

It was on this day in 1809 that one of our most notable president’s was born, Abraham Lincoln. He is well known for beginning the process that led to the end of slavery, but here are some other cool facts about him: He wanted women to be able to vote in 1836; his cat ate at the White House dinner table; Lincoln kept important documents inside of his hat, and he was photographed with John Wilkes Booth (who later assassinated him) at his second inauguration. There are many more interesting facts that you can find here.

friend-of-lincoln

Author Stephen Harrigan published “A Friend of Mr. Lincoln” in 2016, a great read and factual fiction, written from the perspective of Lincoln’s friend, a fictional poet, Cage Weatherby.  The story takes place in the 1830’s and 1840’s when Lincoln was a circuit-riding lawyer, and member of state legislature, looks  and also looks at his courtship of Mary Todd and the nuances of his friendships during that time. For anyone who is a fan of Lincoln this is a must read.

Land Of The Free

National Freedom Day; It was on this day in 1865 that President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment, and here we are in 2017 still fighting for freedom. What is the 13th Amendment, according to the Library of Congress website, it declares that, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, wherof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction”.

Today, with technology, and everything else going on day to day, what does freedom mean to you? Something worth thinking about…