Vital Signs November 2009 Father Abraham: Conservative? By John M. Vella The bicentenary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln has seen the publication of a host of new books and magazine articles celebrating the legacy of the 16th president. Lincoln’s popularity is probably at its highest point thus far, and Honest Abe is defended by writers on both ends of the political spectrum. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. John M. Vella John M. Vella earned his master’s degree in history from Villanova University in 2010.