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Abraham Lincoln: Prophetic politician. Mary Teresa Burns Russo

Abraham Lincoln: Prophetic politician.

Mary Teresa Burns Russo

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This dissertation examines the extent to which Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) can be considered a prophetic politician. The prophetic paradigm is the method used to analyze whether he closed the gap between existential reality and idealism, especiallyMoreThis dissertation examines the extent to which Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) can be considered a prophetic politician. The prophetic paradigm is the method used to analyze whether he closed the gap between existential reality and idealism, especially for those who were on the lowest rung of the socioeconomic ladder. Lincolns values, criticisms of the established order, constitutional actions, and continuous prophetic scrutiny and futuristic projections with regard to his policies on slavery, Native Americans, economics, and the military determine his success. His words, actions, and the research of nationally recognized Lincoln scholars provide the material for this study. The dissertation challenges the argument that Lincoln was a man of his time who did not move the United States towards a more perfect union.-The Biblical values of freedom, justice, love, prosperity for all, and peace are evident in the criticism Lincoln voiced towards the established order in slavery, economic policies, and the military. Constitutional breakthroughs in these areas are evident, but Lincoln falls short of the paradigm regarding Native Americans. Finally, Lincolns continuous scrutiny of political realities brought attention to our countrys weaknesses and pointed out future problems in advance to allow us to deal with them. On balance, Abraham Lincoln was a prophetic politician.