The Lessons of the Ides of March Resonate Through American History

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Two of The Lehrman Institute's published titles, Lincoln "by littles" and The American Founders, are perfect for exploring the creation and preservation of the democratic system.

The American Founders

The American Founders, also by [Lewis E.] Lehrman, focuses on the travails of the Founding Fathers as they fought to form the early United States.

Beware the Ides of March. The Roman general and dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15, 44 BC, in the month named for Mars, the Roman God of war. Unsurprisingly, his death incited a civil war, which precipitated the end of the Roman Republic. This March, The Lehrman Institute is showcasing two of its published titles, Lincoln “by littles” and The American Founders, which chronicle how war was able to create and preserve a republic, not destroy it.

When Caesar crossed the Rubicon with an army in 49 BC, he sought to bring order out of the chaos of war. His goals were realized by increasing his own authority, at a cost to the power of the Roman Senate. His brutal assassination was a response to these events and resulted in an even more devastating blow to the Republic.

Lincoln “by littles”, by Lewis E. Lehrman, chronicles the life and career of Abraham Lincoln through a series of short articles and essays designed to simplify the learning process. Lincoln’s Presidency was entirely defined by his campaign to reunite the nation torn apart by the Civil War.

The American Founders, also by Lehrman, focuses on the travails of the Founding Fathers as they fought to form the early United States. Though the Revolutionary War was necessary to assert independence from ruling Britain, the ideas and ideals of the forefathers drove the United States towards stability, liberty and democracy.

Lincoln “by littles” and The American Founders are both available in Paperback on Amazon and The Lehrman Institute store and for $2.99 on Amazon Kindle.

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