A Finger In Lincoln's Brain: What Modern Science Reveals About Lincoln, His Assassination, And Its Aftermath, E. Lawrence Abel, Praeger an imprint of ABC-CLIO, 270 pp., 18 b/w illustration, bibliographic end notes, bibliography, index, $48.00.
CWL: E. Lawrence Abel brings his professional training in psychology and
anatomy to a comprehensive examination of the Lincoln assassination.
His arguments deal with the sciences of ballistics, disease, human
behavior. Very well written in an accessible style. Myths and
misunderstandings are explored and explained. Very likely to be the
touchstone for all past and future considerations of the Lincoln
From the Publisher: In this book, E.
Lawrence Abel sheds much-needed light on the fascinating details
surrounding the death of Abraham Lincoln, including John Wilkes Booth's
illness that turned him into an assassin, the medical treatment the
president is alleged to have received after he was shot, and the
significance of his funeral for the American public.
The author provides
an in-depth analysis of the science behind the assassination, a
discussion of the medical care Lincoln received at the time he was shot
and the treatment he would have received if he were shot today, and the
impact of his death on his contemporaries and the American public.
book examines Lincoln's fatalism and his unbridled ambition in terms of
empirical psychological science rather than the fanciful
psychoanalytical explanations that often characterize Lincoln
psychohistories. The medical chapters challenge the long-standing
description of Lincoln's last hours and examine the debate about whether
Lincoln's doctors inadvertently doomed him.
CWL: You suggest that Booth's shot was a 'lucky one.' With Booth so close to Lincoln, how could Booth have missed his target?
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
Pope To Use Lincoln's Gettysburg Lectern In Philadephia, Kathy Matheson, Associated Press, August 8, 2015
When Pope Francis speaks outside Independence Hall in September, he will stand at the same lectern that President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address.
The Union League of Philadelphia said Friday it would offer the simple wooden stand for the pontiff to use during his planned speech on immigration and religious liberty.
"Its simple beauty and humble role in one of American history's most important moments reflects, in many ways, Pope Francis' own world view," said Robert Ciaruffoli, president of the World Meeting of Families.
The pope's visit to Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27 comes at the close of the World Meeting of Families, a triennial Catholic conference designed to strengthen family bonds. The pope will also celebrate a public Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Lincoln used the lectern on Nov. 19, 1863, to dedicate part of the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg as a cemetery. His two-minute address - beginning with "Four score and seven years ago" - became one of the most famous speeches in American history.
It ended with Lincoln's resolution that "this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Lincoln, however, was not the featured speaker at the dedication. The wooden stand had been provided by a local professor to help the main orator, Edward Everett, manage extensive notes for a now largely forgotten two-hour speech, said Jim Mundy, director of education and programming for the Foundations of The Union League. The president followed Everett at the lectern.
The stand is on a long-term loan from a private collector to The Union League, which was founded during the Civil War with the goal of preserving the Union. It has been on display at the league's stately building in downtown Philadelphia for the past two years.
Text and Image Source: Associated Press