Erin Carlson Mast
Foundation President & CEO
Happy New Year! We are thrilled to share that this spring, the Foundation will honor Mellody Hobson with the Lincoln Leadership Prize, for her dedication and leadership in the areas of financial literacy, diversity, and corporate leadership. Ms. Hobson serves in numerous leadership positions including Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments. Her community and civic involvement is also extensive, and includes serving as Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teens with high-quality after school and summer programs. Additionally, she is the vice chair of World Business Chicago, co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). In accepting the nomination, Ms. Hobson stated, “President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy continues to shape society today. His commitment to emancipating slaves makes my life possible. I am honored to receive The Lincoln Leadership Prize and will continue to work in earnest to help our democracy realize all of its potential—for everyone.” You can read the full press release here: Lincoln Leadership Prize | 2022 Recipient
With best wishes for a healthy and productive 2022,
What we’re reading in January:
The Broken Constitution by Noah Feldman. There are books that offer new primary research and there are books that take existing research but shine new light and perspectives on it to draw new conclusions. Feldman’s is the latter. If you enjoy constitutional law, or the exploration between what is legal and what is moral, this book is for you. Feldman argues that President Lincoln broke the U.S. Constitution, which created the standard for compromising on slavery, and remade it with others as a, “moral compact—a higher law that embodies an ideal form of government.”
“Sleeping Sentinel” by Francis De Haes Janvier. Janvier’s poem was read, along with other “patriotic readings” on Monday, January 19, 1863, first to a private group at the Executive Mansion, and then in the Senate Chamber as part of a benefit for sick and wounded soldiers. President and Mrs. Lincoln reportedly attend. You can read the poem here: https://americanliterature.com/author/francis-de-haes-janvier/poem/the-sleeping-sentinel
What Abraham Lincoln read in January:
In January 1863, Abraham Lincoln borrowed The Atlantic Monthly, Jan-June 1861 from the Library of Congress. It is unclear whether he had read them in whole or part previously or whether he read them cover-to-cover upon borrowing them that month. If he did, he would have been treated to an incredible range of prose and poetry. For example, the January 1861 issue contained the first-ever publication of Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The April 1861 issue is a treasure trove for lovers of literary realism. In addition to a first-person account of the situation in Charleston, South Carolina including the lead up to the Battle of Fort Sumter and a piece by Charles Francis Adams, Jr. the grandson of President John Quincy Adams, on the cotton industry and slavery, the April issue contained the first-ever (albeit anonymous) printing of the groundbreaking short-story, Life in the Iron Mills, by Rebecca Harding Davis.
The piece on Fort Sumter contains the following bit of dialogue, which reportedly transpired between the journalist, John William DeForest, and one of his interviewees:
“Why do you venture on this doubtful future?” I asked of one gentleman … “Your great grievance is the election of Lincoln?”
“Is Lincoln considered here to be a bad or dangerous man?”
“Not personally. I understand that he is a man of excellent private character, and I have nothing to say against him as a ruler, inasmuch as he has never been tried. Mr. Lincoln is simply a sign to us that we are in danger, and must provide for our own safety.”
“You secede, then, solely because you think his election proves that the mass of the Northern people is adverse to you and your interests?”
“So Mr. Wigfall of Texas hit the nail on the head, when he said substantially that the South cannot be at peace with the North until the latter concedes that slavery is right?”
“Well,—I admit it; that is precisely it.”
Robert Burns, in recognition of “Burns Night,” which takes places on January 25, the famed Scottish poet’s birthday. The first “Burns Supper” as it is also sometimes known, was held in 1801, five years after the poet died. “Auld Lang Syne” is amongst the poet’s most famous and enduring works. Abraham Lincoln attended a Burns Night celebration in Springfield, IL in 1859, 100 years after Robert Burns was born. At the time it was reported that the, "supper was splendid and abundant, and was well attended. The toasts offered on this occasion were most appropriate, and were responded to by some of the most talented men of the state, among whom were, Abraham Lincoln….” In January 1865, Lincoln wrote a message for the 106th celebration of the birth of Robert Burns. His note stated, "I can not frame a toast to Burns. I can say nothing worthy of his generous heart, and transcendent genius.”
Captain Amy Bauernschmidt, who assumed command of the USS Abraham Lincoln last year and made history this month. On January 3, 2022, the USS Abraham Lincoln became the, “first-ever U.S. aircraft carrier skippered by a woman. The ship departed with its strike group for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of global maritime security operations.” Capt. Bauernschmidt, who is originally from Milwaukee, had another first aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. In 2016, she made history as, “the first female executive officer aboard a carrier.” The Foundation has ties to the USS Abraham Lincoln. In 2017, nearly 100 items from the Foundation’s collection were generously underwritten by Colonel J.N. Pritzker and donated for display aboard the carrier as the COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker , IL ARNG (Retired) collection.
April 28, 2022
For more information visit: Lincoln Leadership Prize | 2022 Event Details
Interested in renewing your membership or becoming a supporter for the first time?