Once again, Lincoln had moved to mold public sentiment, but in the white community at the expense of the black. Knowing full well that his statement would be printed in newspapers across the country, Lincoln had made certain he would not be portrayed as a bleeding-heart friend of the Negro. This would further guarantee that when his Proclamation was issued, whites might receive it as a tactical military move, rather than a grand liberation, increasing the chances for its acceptance. But here was yet another case in which Lincoln sacrificed a measure of historical stature in the name of public relations. Critics have used the statement against him ever since. But in its day, it functioned precisely as Lincoln hoped. As for his own, once-serious flirtation with the notion of colonizing free blacks abroad, Lincoln abandoned it once African Americans began serving in the Union military to fight for their own freedom.
This situation creates a conflict with an elegantly Sophoclean geometry: the survival of Don’s business depends on doing business with NAA, but doing business with NAA threatens Don himself—his personal survival. In the end, Don’s sometime rival—a younger colleague who discovered his secret long ago, but has kept it, sometimes grudgingly, and whom Don has bailed out at a crucial moment, too—covers for him, dumping NAA on some pretext.) As I watched this gripping episode I realized it was the only time that I had felt drawn into the drama as drama—that the writers had created a situation whose structure, rather than its accoutrements or “message,” was irresistible.
· Editor’s note: Marc Andreessen’s venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has invested just under $50 million in Bitcoin-related start-ups ...
Because of miscalculations during construction, the building ended up 11 feet higher than the limit set by city planners. Retroactive approval was not granted; instead, developers paid a fine of $ million, some of which was earmarked to renovate dance-rehearsal space at neighboring City Center.
Dale C. Allison, “Jesus and the Covenant: A Response to . Sanders,” JSNT 29 (1987): 57-78.