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Our story begins with a Republican president taking office even though, pretty clearly, more Americans had voted against him than had voted for him. No, we are not talking about Donald Trump. (But since he does love being talked about, we will talk about him soon enough.) And no, we are not talking about George W. Bush in 2001, although he too will enter our story, stage right, later on. Nor are we talking about Benjamin Harrison in 1889 or about Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877. Rather in this, the Inaugural Abraham Lincoln Lecture on Constitutional Law, it is altogether fitting and proper that we begin with the Inaugural of Abraham Lincoln himself on March 4, 1861.

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