John Cribb on Real Clear Politics: "Lincoln and Ford: July Forth Should Bring Us Together"
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In five years, on July 4, 2026, Americans will observe the 250th anniversary of our nation’s founding, a milestone that carries a somewhat awkward name: the semiquincentennial.
Those old enough to remember our nation’s 200th birthday in 1976 know the bicentennial was a months-long celebration full of parades, fireworks, and tall ships. The country had recently struggled through the Vietnam War, Watergate, recession, and an energy crisis, but Americans came together to pay tribute to the American Revolution.
John Cribb on USA Today: Lincoln deserves our gratitude, not the label 'racist'
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Lincoln used the occasion to offer his thoughts about making the nation whole. Half-way into the speech, he touched on suffrage for Black people, saying, “I would myself prefer that it were now conferred on the very intelligent, and on those who serve our cause as soldiers.”
It’s the kind of statement that, without historical context, sounds jarring to modern ears. What? Lincoln supported voting rights for only “very intelligent” African Americans and those in uniform? What a racist. Quick — cancel him!
Old Abe Picked As A 2020 Finalist for Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award in Historical Fiction
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More than 2,000 entries spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration. The Finalists were determined by Foreword's editorial team. Winners are now being decided by teams of librarian and bookseller judges from across the country.
John Cribb: Is President's Day next on cancel culture's hitlist?
FOX NEWS OPINION
John Cribb's Op ed featured on Fox News
Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12, kicks off this year's President's Day weekend. It comes at a time when Lincoln and other American icons are under attack.
In parts of our country, statues of Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, and others have been toppled or defaced. A New York Times columnist has insisted that "even George Washington" statues must be removed since he was a slave owner.
What would Abraham Lincoln think of impeachment? | Commentary
ORLANDO SENTINEL OPINION
John Cribb's Op ed featured on Orlando Sentinel
Abraham Lincoln was born 212 years ago this week, on Feb. 12 1809, and it is tempting in these divided times to wonder what he would think about events now taking place in Washington, D.C., and their effects on national unity, a subject always on Old Abe's mind.
Lincoln, no doubt, would have been horrified by the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. The Capitol dome, after all, is our greatest monument to government of the people. Its construction amid a tower of scaffolding during the Civil War became a symbol of determination that the Union would go on.
John Cribb: How can Biden unite America? Renew Abraham Lincoln's call to 'bind up the nation's wounds'
FOX NEWS OPINION
John Cribb's Op ed featured on Fox News
When former Vice President Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, he would be wise to quote the words of President Abraham Lincoln's inaugural addresses of 1861 and 1865.
America stood on the bring of the Civil War when Lincoln became president. Now - after a bitterly contested election - our nation appears more divided now than at any time since that terrible 19th-century conflict, just a week after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attack that left five people dead.
Lincoln at Gettysburg
USA TODAY MAGAZINE
John Cribb featured in USA Today Magazine's November 2020 Issue
“[The President] got up and stepped to a window. The square was a mass of bodies whooping and singing by torchlight. ‘Hurrah for Old Abe!’ ‘God save the Union!’ A good many of them had sons, brothers, or husbands who had died here four and a half months before. Now, they had come to mourn and find purpose."
Against All Odds, Lincoln Won Reelection in 1862: Could Trump Do the Same?
John Cribb's Op ed featured on USA Today's Website
“Mr. Lincoln is already beaten. He cannot be elected. And we must have another ticket to save us from utter overthrow.”
That verdict came from the pen of Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, heading into Abraham Lincoln’s reelection campaign of 1864.
Most Americans remember Lincoln as a hero and perhaps our greatest president. But when he stood for reelection, many in the media and political class viewed him as a loser.
The odds weighed heavily against him. After all, no president had won a second term since Andrew Jackson in 1832.
That was the least of Lincoln’s problems. The Civil War had dragged on for three years, with horrific casualties piling up and no end in sight.
Trump has more in common with Lincoln than you might think
John Cribb's Op Ed featured on The Hill's Website
This summer’s Republican National Convention was full of references to Abraham Lincoln, which is no surprise, given that Donald Trump likes to compare himself to the 16th president.
It’s a comparison that aggravates Trump’s critics, who don’t like to see the man they consider the nation’s worst chief executive linked with the man widely regarded as the best.
This may make those critics’ heads explode, but there are some fascinating parallels between the two presidents, as well as some contrasts.
Lincoln's Message For Trump - And Us
Old Abe by Michael Cozzi
To many, these historic times that America finds herself in now may seem as if they are our nation’s darkest hour. But we have indeed weathered worse.
The Civil War comes to mind immediately.
One author has recently finished his novel on Abraham Lincoln, and the Lincolnian message of unity is badly needed in our nation’s mores at this very moment.
John Cribb’s forthcoming work, "Old Abe: A Novel," lets the reader be center stage in the life of one of America’s most prominent presidents through the last five years of his life during the Civil War.
Book Touts Character, Leadership of 'Old Abe'
Macon County News
Old Abe by Deena C. Bouknight
Author John Cribb told a small audience – due to COVID-19 – Sept. 4 at Hudson Library in Highlands that his Sept. 15-release historical novel, “Old Abe,” was “born in a library.” Formerly with the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Cribb is a history buff who has written nonfiction books. “Old Abe” is his first novel, but it sprang from his meticulous and detailed research of the famous president.
While countless books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln, who came from a humble beginning, steered the country through a devastating Civil War, and then lost his life at age 56 to an assassin’s bullet, Cribb wanted to focus on Lincoln’s unexpected entrance into the highest position in the nation, as well as his character.
“I want people not only to know about him, but know him – now more than ever,” said Cribb. “We are in the throes of an election season at a critical time, but there was another election season 160 years ago that was significant.”
Lincoln, Douglass, and the Great Task Before Us
Real Clear Politics
Of all the historic meetings that have taken place in the White House, surely one of the most significant came 157 years ago in August 1863, during the Civil War, when the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass sat down with Abraham Lincoln in the president’s office.
The meeting took courage for both men.
People often waited in line for days to meet with Lincoln. During the early part of the war, he reportedly made his way to his office in the morning by stepping over snoring petitioners who had slept in the hallway overnight.
When he received word that Douglass had come, Lincoln saw him immediately. He did so at a time when many in the North questioned the wisdom of his Emancipation Proclamation, and when many were willing to fight for the Union but not so enthusiastic about fighting and dying to free Southern slaves.