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Lincoln and the Power of Silence

Stamford Advocate Op-ed for February 12, 2018 “Known for their speaking abilities, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill often knew when and why to be quiet. “Solomon says there is ‘a time to keep silence,” President-elect Lincoln told the Indiana Legislature

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Declaration of Independence

Stamford Advocate July 4, 2017 “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” President Abraham Lincoln declared at

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Memorial Day and Our Soldier-Heroes

Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 “Every day was Memorial Day for President Lincoln during the Civil War. “Men…, by fighting our battles, bear the chief burthen of saving our country” the President wrote in July 1863.1 They would give the

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Jefferson’s Declaration

July 4 Op-Ed for Putnam County News & Recorder “Thomas Jefferson was a student of the classics, science, and history. The Virginia planter and lawyer was a scholar, a thinker, a writer — but he was no speaker. He was

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Lincoln’s Ambition (and Churchill’s)

Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12, 2017 ““Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition,” declared Abraham Lincoln in announcing his first political campaign in 1832. “Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no

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Churchill’s Fourth of July

Putnam County News and Recorder, July 2017 “I shall always remember how each Fourth of July my Mother would always wave an American flag before my eyes,” Prime Minister Winston Churchill told Congress in December 1941. Churchill, the romantic, was

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Lincoln & Churchill: Action This Day

Putnam County News & Record, February 12, 2018 “Churchill in his memoirs discussed his investigation of German radio beam guidance. “I gave all the necessary orders that very day in June for the existence of the [German] beam to be

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Tensions Rippled Through D-Day Invasion Planning

June 6, 1944 “Doubts would plague the preparations for Operation OVERLORD in World War II — the long-awaited cross-channel invasion of German-occupied Europe. “The Prime Minister and some of his chief military advisers,” recalled General Dwight D. Eisenhower, “looked upon

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Men in the Back Channels of World War II

“My job was to try and oil the wheels between the British and the Americans.  After that first dinner with the President, I used to go out to Hyde Park at weekends.  There were always Roosevelts there, and people like

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Winston Churchill versus Joseph Chamberlain

Colville noted that Chamberlain “likes to be set on a pedestal and adored, with suitable humility, by unquestioning admirers.”[1]  As Prime Minister, however, Chamberlain collected critics.  One Conservative ally of Chamberlain noted that the Prime Minister “engendered personal dislike among

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