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Abraham Lincoln Radio Show Features Erwin Thompson’s Stories & Music

Sinta Seiber-Lane interviewed Daddy for an WUIS radio program on Lincoln. Guests besides my father Erwin A. Thompson included Chris Vallillo and Todd Cranson.. .

Here's the description of the program:

An exploration of just some of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite music and the music of his lifetime

We’ll explore the music Lincoln loved along with the music he heard throughout his life stretching from childhood … through presidency … and ultimately assassination. We’ll hear some of the musical anecdotes that have been passed down through the years. And we’ll also find out more about period instruments and the origins of mid-nineteenth century popular songs.


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  1. Indeed, during the nation’s darkest hour, Abraham Lincoln was able to ride above the storms of his life and lead as President. While he was never able to achieve complete emancipation from his psychological problems like the freedom that was won for the Negro slaves, Abraham Lincoln heroically faced the obstacles and hardships to become America’s most revered president.

  2. Abraham Lincoln's schoolmaster, Andrew Crawford Said:

    “Abraham Lincoln is a wonderful boy, the best scholar I ever had, Abraham Lincoln is a boy who is sure to make his mark in the world. Abraham Lincoln is an honest, straight boy too, as well as being clever. Only the other day I found someone had broken off a buck’s horn which I had nailed to the schoolhouse, and when I asked who had done it, Abraham Lincoln immediately owned up and confessed that he had been hanging on to it.”

    And He sure was.. and did a great job as President For USA, with many good things including the 14th Amendment and much more... Abraham Lincoln Said on: January 27, 1838

    At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth in their military chests; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in the trial of a thousand years.

    At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

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