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Abraham Lincoln

WATCH: Tony Kushner on Lincoln and Practical Politics

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.18.2013 | Entertainment
Bill Moyers

In extended video clips from this weekend's Moyers & Company, Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter behind Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, talks about his approach to writing the movie and how it affected his own view of democracy.

My Little Publishing Company Acquires the Tell All to End All: Lincoln's Lover's Diary

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 02.18.2013 | Comedy
Linda Howard Urbach

There was no question in my mind. The penmanship, the ink, the paper, the passion inherent in this short passage -- I knew I had the real thing. So you can imagine my horror when in my excitement I spilled my Caramel Macchiato all over the precious page.


Posted 12.21.2012 | DC

This is a New Year's Eve plan for history buffs. (Which, in D.C., we expect is most of us.) On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the E...

Is Obama a Man of Destiny?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Lincoln was beloved but also reviled; he could have gone down in history as a divisive leader more than a uniting one. The difference wasn't up to him. As he saw it, destiny worked through him. It will be fascinating to see if the same historical force is about to push America forward once more.

LOOK: What's So Special About This Bill?

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 12.16.2012 | Money

Talk about inflation. A $5 "brown back" national bank note from 1882 just sold for an eye-popping $101,790, according to Bonhams. The bill bare...

Rethinkin' Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation

Bill Bigelow | Posted 02.12.2013 | Education
Bill Bigelow

In coming months and years, teachers' jobs will be made harder by Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, in which Daniel Day-Lewis gives a brilliant performance as, well, Lincoln-the-abolitionist. The only problem is that Lincoln was not an abolitionist.

One Reason Why Abraham Lincoln Gets So Depressed

Robert J. Benz | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment
Robert J. Benz

Last night I saw Lincoln. Not the Spielberg movie, I saw a vision of Abe Lincoln sitting at the foot of my bed. Of course, I became nervous and out from my mouth came the silliest question anyone has ever asked Abe Lincoln, "Why so sad?"

Lincoln and Me

Mark A. Trowbridge | Posted 02.12.2013 | Miami
Mark A. Trowbridge

Steven Spielberg has captured beautifully the war-ravaged time of Lincoln and the improbable story of the waning days of the Civil War and the 16th president's life.

Our Lincoln, Ourselves: Rethinking Slavery and Abolition

Jim Downs | Posted 02.11.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

When the script does not portray Lincoln as divinely inspired abolitionist, the film lapses into other problematic formulations of why people fought to end slavery.

What Is So Great About Abraham Lincoln?

Quora | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by C. Matthew Latsha: How to even begin answering this: I once wrote in my private writings, If...

Lincoln and the Founding of America's Second Republic

Nathan Newman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Nathan Newman

For all that some conservative members of the Supreme Court talk about "original intent" in the words of the Constitution, remarkably little attention is paid to the intent of those who refounded this nation in the wake of the Civil War. 

Fox's Phoney War

David Trumble | Posted 02.08.2013 | Media
David Trumble


Mallika Rao

The Lincoln Obsession: Why the 16th President Is Back in a Big Way | Mallika Rao | Posted 12.06.2012 | Arts

In her biography, "Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," Doris Kearns Goodwin recounts an anecdote that at first seems impossible ...

Why Social Courage Should Be Taught in the Classroom

David Allyn | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education
David Allyn

In our modern world, it's social courage that gives us the advantage. Unfortunately it is not a skill that is taught deliberately in schools.

Mallika Rao

The Greatest Lincoln Since Lincoln | Mallika Rao | Posted 02.04.2013 | Arts

Lincoln (AP Photo/Disney-DreamWorks II, David James) In her biography, Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodw...

The Bellwether Belt

Jacopo della Quercia | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Jacopo della Quercia

When Missouri's electors convene on Dec. 17 to cast their electoral votes, it will mark the second presidential election in a row their state voted for the losing candidate. What are the state's proudest, most nostalgic citizens to do?

Spielberg's 'Lincoln': The Art And The Impartation

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

Some films remind us of the past. Some films bring the past to bear upon our own times. Few have the power to impart the spirit that was upon our fathers. "Lincoln" does.

Why Republicans Are in the Driver's Seat on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

President Obama, you must lead. It is you who must "settle." Or it will be you who gets blamed for the second credit downgrade and second recession in five years, not your oft-blamed predecessor, George W. Bush.

Allen West Compares Himself To Whom?

Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who lost his congressional reelection bid to Democrat Patrick Murphy, said Friday that his recent defeat does not mean his p...

Is Life Insurance an 'Entitlement?'

Donald Sutherland | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Donald Sutherland

If you don't think it is, then how in the devil did the Republicans manage to persuade the Democrats that Social Security is!

Lincoln's Way With Words

Tom Butta | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Tom Butta

Have you seen Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's epic movie staring Daniel Day-Lewis? Run -- don't walk -- to your nearest theater. I was particularly pulled in by the way Abraham Lincoln led during such a critical moment in American history.

Lincoln Film Forgets D.C.'s Frederick Douglass -- And African American Leadership

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Unlike Lincoln, we cannot ignore Frederick Douglass' critique in the current conversation over equality, or lack thereof, of opportunity, access and mobility in this country.

'Lincoln': Jesus Christ! God Almighty! What A (Biblical) Movie!

Ira Chernus | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Ira Chernus

"Lincoln" reminded me why so much of the Bible is such fine literature: Once we are grabbed and swept away by a great story, crafted by great storytellers, a careful analysis of the historical facts no longer seems so important any more.

Dakota 38: Don't Miss This Seasonal Film of Reconciliation and Hope

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Your dream was not a lonely nightmare, but a window into history -- the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln ordered the largest execution in United States history -- the hanging of 38 Dakota (Sioux) men.

Lessons From Lincoln: See the Big Picture

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

Not one of us will know the pressure that Lincoln did, but the lesson of taking a bird's eye view on our lives is priceless for overcoming fear and anxiety -- no matter how small the issue is.