ON-Lion Letter

February fittingly combines a celebration of two of America's greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, with a celebration of Black Americans' achievements and contributions to the nation.  America's exceptional constitutional history, to a large degree, has been shaped and refined by its first and 16th presidents -- both in how they responded to the question of slavery, but also in how they approached the office of the Presidency during a tumultuous era.

Until 1971, Lincoln's birthday on February 12 was its own federal holiday.  (Now his, and Washington's February 22 birthday are publicly observed on President's Day, the third Monday in February).  In honor of Lincoln's 206th birthday, the Program on American Citizenship at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C., is providing educational material online to learn more about the continued relevancy of Lincoln in the modern world, how Fredrick Douglas thought about Lincoln and his role in emancipation, and how America's Founders dealt with the slavery controversy while crafting the Constitution.  The content includes both reading material and videos.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports AEI's Program on American Citizenship.

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