Lessons from Great Presidents


John & Skatie Noyes with an original Gettysburg Address handwritten by Abraham Lincoln at Cornell University, which also has originals of the Emancipation Proclamation (executive order eliminating slavery) and 13th Amendment (US Constitution Amendment eliminating slavery).

My children, John & Skatie, and I spent time perusing the most important original documents of Abraham Lincoln’s president – the Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment – and other extraordinary rare manuscripts and books in Cornell University’s collection today.

Preserving our nation and abolishing slavery were such nobler ideals than those being bantered around by our current politicians. Why can’t we elevate our national conversation to nobler levels now? The United States is still the greatest, freest nation on earth.

Question for Americans today: What issues should U.S. statesmen own now, a la Lincoln and slavery?

“To educate a man in mind and not in

morals is to educate a menace to society.”

Theodore Roosevelt
(1858-1919); 26th U.S. President

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