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This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • The Rule of History

    by Jill Lepore

    Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, and the hold of time.

  • What makes Abraham Lincoln such a radical politician even today?

    by David Bromwich

    It is sometimes said that Lincoln was dragged into the war by circumstances beyond his control. The truth is that he was aware of the imminence of war between his 1858 House Divided speech and the attack on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861.

  • Cutting through the Lincoln myth

    by Walter Kamphoefner

    One measure of Abraham Lincoln's towering stature, sevenscore and ten years after his death, is the way people of various ideological stripes attempt to harness Lincoln's words in support of their own positions.

  • Privatizing History

    by Patrick Stephenson

    It's hard to have historical grievances if you don't know any history.

  • Remains From Lincoln’s Last Day

    by Timothy Egan

    Today’s Republican Congress wouldn’t pass a Homestead Act, which provided a path to citizenship and prosperity for those who were neither citizens nor prosperous.

  • The Myths of Kim Philby

    by Jefferson Flanders

    A Spy Among Friends offers an entertaining and amusing account of the fading English elite in all its eccentric glory—a comic Downton Abbey view of the British intelligence establishment. As a serious work of historical scholarship, however, Macintrye’s book leaves much to be desired.

  • The Iran Deal and Its Consequences

    by Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz

    "Until clarity on an American strategic political concept is reached, the projected nuclear agreement will reinforce, not resolve, the world’s challenges in the region."

  • Freedom In Martyrdom

    by Dr. Alon Ben-Meir

    To effectively counter violent extremism, we must carefully consider how the development of events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.

  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

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