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Will President Obama Travel To Gettysburg Next Month?

obama_lincolnThe 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is fast approaching. Click here for a rundown of events sponsored by the National Park Service in Gettysburg and various other organizations.

President Barack Obama has been invited to speak, but at this point has yet to confirm. We all know of the president’s close identification with our 16th president and for the obvious reasons his presence in Gettysburg should have been confirmed by now.

Why it hasn’t is a mystery to me, but perhaps these trips are scheduled late for security purposes. Given recent anti-NPS rhetoric, it would be nice to see the president side by side with Gettysburg Park officials.

So, do you think the president will travel to Gettysburg next month?

Intentionalism vs. Structuralism in the Classroom or Abraham Lincoln to the Rescue

I walked out of my Holocaust class earlier today both incredibly frustrated and energized. This has by far been my most enjoyable classroom experience this year. I am learning a great deal from the readings and from a wonderful group of students. The class is structured around a few central questions, including how the Nazis gained power in 1933, how they solidified this power, and, ultimately, how the Final Solution was implemented. Continue reading