- Akhil Amar: Lincoln's two biggest legacies, keeping union together and abolishing slavery, had Midwestern roots
- Lincoln saw the federal government as pre-eminent and believed there was no logical border for dividing the U.S.
Akhil Reed Amar is a professor of constitutional law at Yale University and the author of "The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)As Americans mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death this week, let us remember that he not only belongs to the ages, but also belongs, in a special way, to Illinois.