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Andrew Ferguson


Andrew Ferguson is the author of Land of Lincoln: Adventure’s in Abe’s America. He is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard magazine and has written for The New Yorker, the New Republic, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and many others.

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LAND OF LINCOLN: Abraham Lincoln and American History

with Andrew Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Henry Ford once said that "history is more or less bunk. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today." Do Americans care about history or not? Journalist Andrew Ferguson discusses America's relationship with its own history using the continuing fascination with Abraham Lincoln as a case study.

LOST FOR WORDS: Politics and the English Language

with Andrew Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 16, 2000

In 1946, George Orwell wrote a famous essay deploring the decline in the level of modern political discourse. Many would argue that in the following fifty years, the problem has only gotten worse. But why is this the case? Our politicians all have teams of professional speech writers and pollsters, working with focus group data and the latest research to figure out just what the public wants to hear. So why doesn't it work? Why does the political discourse of our modern politicians pale against those of our forefathers?