Andrew Ferguson, author, Land of Lincoln (#338)
Andrew Ferguson, author and senior editor of the Weekly Standard, discusses his book Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe’s America. The program was taped at Centre College in Danville, where his book was selected as required reading for incoming freshmen.
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Ferguson’s desire to write Land of Lincoln came about after a trip to Richmond, VA, where a group of scholars and historians who opposed a new statue of Abraham Lincoln decried the 16th president as racist and dictatorial. When Ferguson found that he and other Lincoln supporters were ill equipped to counter their accusations, he began the research for his book.
Ferguson also discusses Lincoln’s Kentucky connections, including Lincoln’s friend and law partner, Centre College alumnus John Todd Stuart; the death of Lincoln’s grandfather in Kentucky at the hands of Native Americans; and the cabin in what is now Knob Creek, where Lincoln lived as a boy.
The author relays his experience following the Lincoln Heritage Trail, which travels through Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Ferguson also talks about meeting Lincoln impersonators, visiting a college business course that presented Lincoln as a model for middle managers, and more.