Taking a long-term look at Lincoln’s legacy

Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and his World Edited by Eric Foner WW Norton, €21.60

21st February, 2009

Shortly after being sworn in as US president last month, Barack Obama and guests sat down to a lunch of seafood stew in puff pastry, pheasant and duck with sour cherry chutney, and an apple cinnamon sponge cake.

The reason for the menu’s extravagance was not because the new leader of the free world is a gourmet, or even a glutton. It was deliberately designed to echo the culinary tastes of Abraham Lincoln, who ate...

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