Lincoln’s leadership still challenges us

Commentary | February 17, 2002 | By John Burbank | The Sun

The Civil War was our country's most wrenching crisis. It posed the continuing threat that Lincoln acknowledged and stood against when he stated, "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." What President Lincoln directed was a national effort to win the Civil War and abolish slavery. But we forget that even in the midst of war, Lincoln also laid the groundwork for national prosperity that continues to benefit us.

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