The question of America’s place in the world has always been a subsidiary of the question, “What is America?” The Founding Fathers of the republic themselves never really agreed on the larger question of America. Four score and seven years after the Founding, President Abraham Lincoln chimed in, during an era remembered as the second founding of the republic. Of America, Lincoln said, it is a nation, “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
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