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UW Law Prof Cagle Donates Lincoln Collection to the Law Library

Re-posted from a UW Law School news article by Eric Taylor:

Recently retired Professor Ralph Cagle has gifted the library with his personal collection of materials chronicling the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

The collection includes a great many books, not only for adults, but a fair number of children's books, and DVDs as well.

Of his interest in Abraham Lincoln and his gift to the library, Professor Cagle has this to say:

"I am very happy that the law school has accepted my Lincoln collection as a special collection of our library. The library staff has done a terrific job of gathering, organizing and cataloging this collection."

"Most Lincoln biographies give scant attention to his law practice. This may give the impression that his law practice was not an important influence on his intellectual or professional development, but that is incorrect The real reason they don't cover his practice very well is because publishers discourage authors from doing so it believing this is not the Lincoln that people want to read about."

"Nothing more fully explains Lincoln's judgment, political philosophy, rhetorical skill and leadership than what he learned and did as a day to day lawyer. Fortunately, Lincoln's law practice is the most completely documented law practice in American history. This collection captures a good deal of that documentation including the best of the scholarship interpreting how that practice influenced his important role in American history."

Professor Cagle goes on further to say that he, along with Attorney John Skilton, have taught one of the few courses in American legal education dealing with Lincoln As Lawyer.

"It's a course in which students examine Lincoln's main cases and how he handled the challenges of practice and can draw from that some lessons on how to practice law with power and integrity today. I'd like to teach it again sometime. I certainly know where to go for the research".

Many thanks to Professor Cagle for his generous gift.

The Lincoln Collection is located in the East Wing of the library (Law Library Lincoln Collection, Quarles & Brady Reading Room, 5 East) where the iconic mural by John Steuart Curry "Freeing of the Slaves" resides which also bears witness to Lincoln's legacy.

Come check it out today! All the items circulate.

See the full article for a selection of titles included in the collection.