Book review: “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” by Eric Foner
Nearly four decades ago, historian Gary Wills explained how Abraham Lincoln used his Gettysburg Address to redefine — rededicate — the United States by enshrining the Declaration of Independence as the core statement of the nation, instead of the U.S. Constitution. It was, as Wills details in his 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning history Lincoln at Gettysburg:
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