Lincoln’s lessons for today’s politicians

From the Journal Star:

Abraham Lincoln may have been one of the first U.S. presidents to understand the importance of swaying public opinion.

It wasn’t just Lincoln’s great writing ability that helped move the public but also some unprecedented tactics, said Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg.

“As a writer, Lincoln was almost in a class by himself among American presidents,” said Wilson, who will address two Peoria audiences on Sept. 30 – a 2:30 p.m. presentation at the Illinois Central College North campus and an evening program at the Peoria Historical Society’s annual meeting at the Country Club of Peoria.

Perhaps only Thomas Jefferson was Lincoln’s equal when it came to quality of writing, said Wilson, a professor at Knox for 45 years.