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“I do not seek applause, nor to amuse the people, I want to convince them.” —Abraham Lincoln

2017 David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften AUTHOR'S VOICE® The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address


The Structure of Reason Goes to China

25th World Canals Conference Yangzhou China September 2012

Dan in China


Picture taken by Rod Mackler
Dan Van Haften presentation at the September 25-27, 2012 World Canals Conference, Yangzhou, China.

“Abraham Lincoln’s Role in the Development of Canals and Waterways”.

Picture taken by official Chinese photographer.

Picture taken by Rod Mackler

Among other things, Dan explained the six elements of a proposition that Abraham Lincoln used to compose his speeches. These principles are thoroughly presented in Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason. They are also presented in The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address. Dan also went through Euclid's first proposition.

Slide 22 from Dan's presentation.

Slide 24 from Dan's presentation.

Lincoln's patent drawing; the only U.S. President to have a patent:
Photo by Rod Mackler
Dan spoke in English. Notice translation earphones on head of person on the right.

Picture taken by official Chinese photographer.
Dan with Yangzhou Mayor Minyang Zhu at Mayor’s Speakers' Reception for World Canals Conference, September 25, 2012. Dan is wearing a tie with the Emancipation Proclamation on it; the Emancipation Proclamation is one of the few post 1853 Lincoln compositions that does not demarcate into the six elements of a proposition. 


Picture taken by official Chinese photographer.
Mid-Autumn Tea Party; Dan is in the back row, third from right.
Hosted by Yangzhou Party Secretary Zhengyi Xie, September 27, 2012.

Picture taken by official Chinese photographer.
Dan with Party Secretary Zhengyi Xie

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