Between 2011 and 2015 the Abraham Lincoln Association will hold a two-day symposium on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln presidency. The symposium takes place in Springfield, Illinois.
This year’s theme: “Lincoln Becomes President.”
You hear it all the time. You hear it here, in an article detailing Florida’s commemoration of secession; you hear it here, in the words of a Gilbert, Arizona middle school teacher who is a member of the UDC; you hear it here, where I went to college; indeed, you hear it frequently, and odds are you will hear it a great deal over the next four years … some variation of “each side fought for what they believed in” or “they fought for what they believed in,” and so on.
What exactly is that supposed to mean?