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Gabor S. Boritt

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195089110

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089110.001.0001

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War Opponent and War President

War Opponent and War President

(p.179) 7 War Opponent and War President
The Gettysburg Lectures

Gabor S. Boritt

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Lincoln's childhood years and his growing aberration to war. The War of 1812 coincided with Lincoln's early childhood. Patriotic and pro-war sentiments surrounded his youth. Hunting was a way of life and the means of survival on the frontier, which Lincoln admits he did not do much of. Striking evidences suggest that Lincoln harbored anti-military and anti-violence sentiments in the midst of a nation which was prized in military glory. His faith in liberty, combined with political self-interest and abomination of violence, could explain his pacifist approach to the impending civil war in America. Whether or not a nation deserved such a president or his love of peace and dislike of war is a matter for conjecture.

Keywords:   childhood, War of 1812, war president, just war, anti-war, civil violence, military glory, Lincoln

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