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  • Originally published 02/13/2018

    Abraham Lincoln's Secret Visits to Slaves

    William R. Black

    In the mid-1930s, the Federal Writers’ Project interviewed thousands of former slaves, some of whom claimed the president came to their plantations disguised as a beggar or a peddler, telling them they’d soon be free.

  • Originally published 07/14/2017

    What would Lincoln think of Trump?

    Sidney Blumenthal

    In his first political speech Lincoln denounced he emergence of a man driven to power by a fierce desire for “celebrity and fame” who “thirsts and burns for distinction.” Remind you of anyone?

  • Originally published 03/29/2016

    Abraham Lincoln vs. the Republican Party

    John C. Waugh

    Lincoln’s Republican party has dramatically changed since it was his. If there is a Trump as its presidential nominee in 2016, would Lincoln still be in it?

  • Originally published 03/14/2016

    Why Amnesty Is the American Way

    Sean Braswell

    Amnesty is a concept that has played a remarkable, and mostly positive, role in American history.

  • Originally published 12/28/2015

    We have Lincoln wrong

    Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle

    Too often, we settle for the idea that Lincoln fought to save a mythical union. He really fought for opportunity

  • Originally published 11/09/2015

    How Do You Unfriend an Assassin?

    Kathryn Canavan

    That was the problem these people faced after their friend John Wilkes Booth killed the president of the United States.

  • Originally published 04/12/2015

    Remains From Lincoln’s Last Day

    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.

  • Originally published 03/31/2015

    The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracies

    Ray Cavanaugh

    Many are acquainted with at least one good JFK assassination conspiracy, but fewer are aware of the alleged plots involving the Lincoln assassination. His murder, which took place 150 years ago this Apr. 14, prompted a number of very different conspiracy theories.

  • Originally published 12/28/2014

    Lincoln at Gettysburg

    Diana Schaub

    The most obvious problem in approaching Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is that we know it so well.

  • Originally published 09/30/2014

    A Look at Lincoln, in Photo and Print

    Now approaching next year’s 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination comes a new book that for the first time gathers together all of the 130 known photographs of the 16th president.

  • Originally published 05/26/2014

    Lincoln's Renomination 150 Years Ago Broke a Trend

    Stan M. Haynes

    There was no guarantee that the Republicans would re-nominate the nation’s wartime leader, Abraham Lincoln, for a second term. It was an era of one-term presidents.

  • Originally published 04/08/2014

    Doris Kearns Goodwin: Lincoln was sexy

    “If I didn’t believe Abraham Lincoln could win today, I might as well give up. OK, shave the beard and get rid of the stovepipe hat. But I think he was actually sexy.”

  • Originally published 02/26/2013

    Manisha Sinha: Lincoln Again

    Manisha Sinha is a professor of Afro-American studies and history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of “The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina” and the forthcoming “The Slave’s Cause: Abolition and the Origins of America’s Interracial Democracy.”The “Lincoln industry,” through which Abraham Lincoln has become the most-written about American, used to be confined to historians and other writers. But between the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth in 2009 and the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation in 2013, a period during which the nation’s first black President continuously paid homage to the sixteenth President, Lincoln has come to reign unchallenged in popular culture too, nowhere more so than in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln,  which was considered by many an Oscar favorite. Perhaps historical criticism has proven to be a kiss of death for the film’s chances.

  • Originally published 02/25/2013

    Jim Cullen: With Lincoln, A New Frontier for Day-Lewis

    Jim Cullen is chairman of the history department at the Fieldston School in New York and author of "Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions" (Oxford University Press).(CNN) -- If, as many observers believe, Daniel-Day Lewis wins the Academy Award for best actor on Sunday, he will become the first man to win three (Meryl Streep has done this; Maggie Smith might match her if she wins for her turn in Quartet). Such an honor would ratify Day-Lewis' standing not simply as one of the greatest actors of his time, but for all time.Like Robert De Niro, Day-Lewis is seen as the quintessential method actor, a commitment he has taken to extremes in his well-known penchant for embodying his characters even when the cameras aren't rolling. Day-Lewis also is notable for the extraordinary breadth of roles he has played.He first came to global attention in 1985 when he appeared simultaneously as the priggish Cecil Vyse in the Merchant-Ivory film adaptation of E.M. Forster's 1907 novel "Room with a View" as well as Johnny, the gay East End punk, in Stephen Frears' brilliantly brash "My Beautiful Launderette."...

  • Originally published 02/12/2013

    Rep. Joe Courtney gets lesson in Oscar politics in debate over ‘Lincoln’ accuracy

    Rep. Joe Courtney says he had no idea he was wading into controversy when he questioned the accuracy of a key scene in “Lincoln.”After all, he knows Washington politics, not Hollywood politics.Last week, the Connecticut Democrat called on Steven Spielberg to “correct an historical inaccuracy” in the Oscar-nominated box-office hit — a scene, at the film’s climax, suggesting that two of his state’s three representatives voted against outlawing slavery in 1865.

  • Originally published 02/05/2013

    Conn. congressman sees factual flaw in 'Lincoln'

    As Rep. Joe Courtney watched the Oscar-nominated "Lincoln" over the weekend, something didn't seem right to him.He said Tuesday he was shocked that the Oscar-nominated film, about President Abraham Lincoln's political struggle to abolish slavery, includes a scene in which two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery...Courtney, who majored in history at Tufts University, asked that the movie, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, be corrected before its release on DVD...

  • Originally published 01/07/2013

    Sean Wilentz: Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg

    Sean Wilentz is a professor of history at Princeton.... Lincoln is a remarkable historical rendering, offering a deft, knowledgeable depiction of Lincoln as well as a shrewd handling of the politics of the Civil War and emancipation. But the film’s larger importance lies elsewhere. For a century and more, American culture has been polluted by outrageous and pernicious portrayals of the war that apologize for the Confederacy and, by extension, for slavery. A few exceptionally popular books and movies have played a large part in sustaining, sometimes decades after they first appeared, what American historians know as the myth of the Lost Cause, vaunting the slaveholding South. With its gallant white Southrons and its happy-go-lucky slaves, living an idyll heavy with the scent of blooming magnolia, it is an all-American variant of the larger genre of reactionary sentimentalism that is as old as the Romantics.

  • Originally published 08/12/2014

    Relationship of Politics to Morality

    Liberty and Power

    In a much circulated article entitled "Against Libertarian Brutalism," the libertarian luminary Jeffrey Tucker divided the movement into two camps--Brutalists and Humanitarians-- that sparked massive infighting.  Brutalist vs Humanitarian libertarians? What is the difference? Wendy McElroy weighs in on the debates.