Lincoln Scholar in Wall Street Journal

From: The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY)

Douglas Wilson, professor emeritus and co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, writes in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal: “Now that Steven Spielberg’s new film, Lincoln, has sparked extraordinary interest in Abraham Lincoln as a behind-the-scenes persuader, it may be a good time to take a look at an aspect of his most persuasive writing.

“In virtually all the most memorable passages of Lincoln’s writings, there is a feature that plays a critical role—namely, the rhetorical use of the negative. This is not to say that Lincoln was a naysayer or negative thinker, but rather that he demonstrated an acute understanding of the power of negation in language and was unusually adept at putting that force to use…” Read more…