To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17th, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
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Abraham Lincoln looked to the founding fathers — George Washington, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson — all his life for inspiration and for guidance in self-expression and politics. But two other fathers also preoccupied him: his biological father, Thomas Lincoln, and — especially as the Civil War ground on — God the father.
The ASU School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership welcomes Richard Brookhiser in our second annual Constitution Day Address, "Lincoln's Fathers," in which he will discuss the many ways in which Abraham Lincoln's predecessors and paternal figures influenced his personal and public life.
About the Speaker
Richard Brookhiser is an American journalist, biographer and historian. He has been writing about the American founding for over 20 years. He is a senior editor of National Review and a columnist for American History.
"I wrote about Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, Iowa caucuses and national conventions, Philip Larkin and Bobby Short, the collapse of communism and 9/11. Ronald Reagan laughed at one of my jokes; Margaret Thatcher repeated it. I shook Fidel Castro’s hand. I had a close, sometimes tumultuous relationship with William F. Buckley Jr. — which is the subject of "Right Time, Right Place". I curated “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America,” an exhibition at the New York Historical Society; and I wrote and hosted “Rediscovering George Washington” and “Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton,” films by Michael Pack, which aired on PBS. I am currently a columnist for American History. In 2008, I was awarded the National Medal of the Humanities. In 2011, I was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship."
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