In case you don’t already have enough on your reading list, what with Gina Dalfonzo’s post on Dickens and R.R. Reno’s post on personal great books , here comes George Weigel in today’s On the Square with his arms full of books.
Did you know that it’s the sesquicentennial of the Civil War? Well now you do . Best educate yourself:
The issues that consumed more than 600,000 American lives over four yearsthe nature of the equality affirmed in the nations birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence; the relationship of the national government to state and local governments; the morality of various forms of intrusion and coercion in providing for the common defense and securing the general welfareare alive and deeply contested today. Indeed, the divisions among us are such that some would say that our national life today is a civil war being conducted by other means.
Learning from the past mightjust mightgive us some insight into the ordered liberty, with justice for all, that we are pledged to seek as a nation.
(P.S.: speaking of great books, have you read Middlemarch yet? )