Phillip W. Magness

Historian – 19th century United States

The Politics of Remembering Lincoln

| July 30, 2013

Here’s a¬†short piece I wrote for the Daily Caller in which I take a look at the use and abuse of Abraham Lincoln to form modern political arguments. There are plenty of culprits both favorable and hostile to Lincoln, as well as on the political left and right alike. Excerpt: “A casual observer might wonder […]

On libertarian stupidity and the Civil War

| July 10, 2013

Ideologically-driven history begets bad historical interpretation, typically of the type that selectively casts about for bits and pieces of a story to confirm a fixed bias. Or that which carelessly passes over complications to the same. In either case a desired narrative leads the evidence, sometimes unwittingly. Yet ideological constructs are also informed by history, […]