Torching Abraham Lincoln

By Edward Achorn

In recent days, numerous friends have sent me pictures of a charred bust of Abraham Lincoln in Chicago. I (and perhaps they) erroneously believed that the torching occurred during this spring’s riots, but in fact the statue was vandalized three years ago.

The mistake may be understandable, because the cultural war on statues and America’s past is definitely heating up.

My friends know I admire Lincoln and that my book, Every Drop of Blood, about his extraordinary call for charity and mercy after four years of harrowing war, has just been published.

“What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism,” Alderman Ray Lopez wrote on Facebook in 2017, posting the picture.

“This bust of Abraham Lincoln, erected by Phil Bloomquist on August 31, 1926, was damaged and burned,” he added.

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Books we’re reading to get us through the lockdown

By Edward Achorn

With the coronavirus keeping people in more than usual, bookstores have been promoting lists of books that offer an escape from the tedium of being indoors.

I’m grateful that my new book, Every Drop of Blood, has appeared on several.

Gee Gee Rosell, writing for Buxton Village Books in the Island Free Press, chose Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as its top non-fiction book during the lockdown.

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