Archives: Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln’s first inaugural, the best-selling mystery writer you’ve never heard of, podcasts and more: newsletter, Feb. 22, 2019

February 25, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, journalism, newsletter, writers, writing.

This newsletter was sent to everyone on Jim’s email list (2,914) on Friday, February 22, 2019.   Still painting, still writing, still editing, still reading — if I can do those things, then the massive amount of rain that East Tennessee has been getting fades is not as significance as it might be otherwise. It’s also • Read More »

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A description of Artemus Ward for the caricaturist

January 6, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, writers, writing.

If ever there was a description that demanded a caricature, it is this one of Charles Farrar Brown, aka Artemus Ward. His fellow editor at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, George Hoyt, wrote: His desk was a rickety table which had been whittled and gashed until it looked as if it had been the victim of • Read More »

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More literary deceptions, Artemus Ward, and JFK on open government: newsletter, Dec. 28, 2018

December 31, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, fiction, newsletter, writers, writing.

This newsletter was sent to all of the subscribers on Jim’s list (2,951) on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.     This is the last newsletter of the year and time, once again, to thank all of you newsletter readers for reading and responding. You have given me so many good tips about articles and books. • Read More »

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The Lincoln-Douglas debates, every word. How did that happen?

August 28, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

Two days after that debate, newspaper readers were able to read almost every word that was uttered during those three hours that were given to each of the debates.

With no modern recording devices at hand for journalists to use, how did this happen?

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Inspiration for a genius: recent discovery of a book that Shakespeare may have used for his writing

February 15, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, history, journalism, writers, writing.

Because Leonardo da Vinci kept a vast quantity of journals, we have a good idea about how his mind worked, what he was thinking about, and what he saw. With William Shakespeare, we have no such record. And William Shakespear is the reason we have the English language as it is today.

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Battlelines: Gettysburg: Day 1, July 1, 1863

July 1, 2016 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Battlelines, books, Civil War.

Once again, we are sharing a post with the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable. Note: The annual anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg is this weekend. To commemorate that, we are posting, with permission, excerpts from Battlelines: Gettysburg, that describe aspects of the battle. Battlelines: Gettysburg contains the battlefield drawings of Alfred Waud and Edwin Forbes, • Read More »

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Civil War Trust provides excellent video introduction to Gettysburg

June 21, 2016 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: Battlelines, Civil War, history, journalism.

Gettysburg is so iconic — particularly because of the Gettysburg Address that Abraham Lincoln delivered four months after the battle — that we tend to lose sight of what it meant to the people who lived during the war.

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Voter fraud and the Lincoln-Douglas election

September 27, 2012 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: news, Voting.

Voters at that time did not vote directly for candidates for the U.S. Senate. The race was over who would be elected to the state legislature, which had the power to name the senators from the state. Lincoln lost the election to Douglas not because there was a sudden flood of illegal Irish voters into the electorate but more likely because the incumbent senator began with such a decided advantage in that electoral system.

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