Lincoln and the Rebirth of Liberal Democracy



This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Errata: Volume 37, Issue 2, 259, Article first published online: 12 July 2012


It is a privilege to speak in this, the house of the Supreme Court of the United States, of Abraham Lincoln, our supremely great President. His task, he said, was greater than George Washington's. In the United States’ gravest crisis and most terrible war, Lincoln saved the country, its democratic republic, and the republic's devotion to the equal rights of man. He did more than save. He renewed the republic and purified it of slavery.