Essays by Me
Essays by Others
Copied by hand in the
Jewish Collection room of the
New York Public Library sometime in the early
‘70s from a microfilm reel of The American Hebrew [Brooklyn, NY],
March 2, 1928, 590.
The author’s name is given as
“Herbert Apotheker (12 years).”
Winner of second prize in the periodical’s essay contest, this is almost
certainly Aptheker's first published piece of writing. I post it for
its historical interest only, not to hold up to ridicule its
Lincolnolatry, whose mythology animates the rhetoric of
21st-century presidential candidates.
Aptheker the boy was not wrong when he declared Lincoln a “prophet,” for
Aptheker the man was but one of millions who defended hyper-Lincolnesque,
i.e., totalitarian, programs to subjugate society to an
central state. See
my letter on this matter elsewhere on this site.
Unusual Qualities of Lincoln
Men have called
Abraham Lincoln a philanthropist, an intellect, a saviour, and he is
that and also more. Lincoln was the prophet of the nineteenth century.
One chapter of his life, which is history now goes to prove this
While Lincoln was on
his barge on the Mississippi and was rowing to shore into New Orleans he
noticed a crowd all running toward the market square. Lincoln, curious,
followed. What he saw held him rooted to the spot. There on the
auction block a Negro woman was being exhibited by her master. Lincoln
turning to his friend said, “John, if I ever get a chance I’ll hit that
institution and hit it hard.”
How he became
president, and did as he said he would, need not be retold here for I am
sure we all know about that, but the fact that he did as he claimed he
would makes it only fair to add another praise to his long list and call
him the prophet of the nineteenth century.
Posted March 6,