Walter Berns, 2005 National Humanities Medalist

Cynthia Barnes, National Endowment for the Humanities, January 2005.


As a boy in 1920s Chicago, Walter Berns watched survivors of the Indian Wars march down Michigan Avenue during the Memorial Day parade. At school, he memorized the Gettysburg Address and revered Abraham Lincoln as “a genius . . . our greatest patriot.” These beginnings sparked a love of country that has led the political scientist throughout his long and distinguished academic career.

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