by Bradley J. Birzer
What better word might explain America in 1861 than that of word Homer used to begin The Iliad: Rage.
But, rage for or against what? And, with what consequences?
A century and a half later, we must recognize the whole period as rich with potential, rich with glory and . . . ripe for corruption. Noble tragedy.
Who can forget about The Old Northwest Ordinance, passed over a half century earlier, with its pledge of true republicanism–the right of association, the freedom of land, the freedom of thought and faith, the freedom of labor–the ability to develop the gifts that God distributes to each one of us uniquely. [Read more...]