The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 212
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published in 1933 stated that "men today need Lincoln's 'con-
fidence in the complete ultimate success of the cause of God,
which is the cause of humanity.' "" There were editorials of
minor importance in 1934 and 1942. In 1944 Americans were
urged to "buy war bonds this Lincoln anniversary" because "the
Lincoln heritage is at stake."54
In 1946, with victory having been won in another great war,
the Express published an editorial entitled "Abraham Lincoln's
Challenge to Present-Day America." The editorial was based
upon Lincoln's hope, expressed in the Second Inaugural Ad-
dress, that it would be possible to "achieve and cherish a just
and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." The
editorial said, in part:
These are all-inclusive words. They set a higher goal than a genera-
tion of blundering politicians and other fallible men is likely to
attain. The Lincolnian objective might embrace industrial peace at
home, as well as international peace-each doing justly by all men.
Yet the goal must not be abandoned as unattainable. Honest, sus-
tained effort in that direction will help toward a better ordered
From the editorials which have been presented it must be
obvious that the attitude of Texas newspapers toward Lincoln
has undergone a complete change since his assassination. In 186o
his election was looked upon as being no less than a calamity,
while his assassination in 1865 was received as little less than a
cause for rejoicing. For thirty years after his assassination Lin-
coln was completely ignored by the Texas press, and for fourteen
additional years he received no more attention than brief stories
concerning memorial services in Northern cities. In 19o09, on the
centennial of his birth, he was given space in the editorial col-
umns of some Texas papers, and since that time he has become
a favorite topic for editorials. He has been made into a legendary
character with all good attributes and no faults. Certainly Texas
newspapers have done their part in spreading what is known as
the Lincoln legend. It is doubtful that a Northern newspaper
with a Republican editor could have gone much further in
praise of Lincoln than the Democratic, Southern newspapers of
Texas have gone.
58Ibid., February 12, 1938.
l4Ibid., February 12, 1934, February 12, 1942, February 12, 1944.
r1Ibid., February 12, 1946.
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