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Abraham Lincoln

Presidential Historian Arrested

AP | By SARAH BRUMFIELD | Posted 09.11.2011 | Books

BALTIMORE -- A published presidential historian was one of two men caught with millions of dollars in documents from the Maryland Historical Society, ...

To Maintain a Republic

David Bromwich | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Over the past decade we have taken many long steps across the divide that separates a republic from an empire. The recovery of our proper ground depends on our seeing for ourselves the rightness of Abraham Lincoln's recoil from wars that are not wars of necessity.

Frederick Douglass' July Fourth

Nathan Schneider | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Nathan Schneider

Frederick Douglass didn't celebrate Independence Day. Of course. How could he? Douglass was born a slave. This country's independence was not his own, or his people's.

Atheism, Interfaith Work And My New Tattoo

Chris Stedman | Posted 08.29.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

As an atheist who lives in a culture that privileges religious expression, I believe that anti-atheist attitudes will be overcome through invested relationships with the religious, not combative shouting matches.

Is Clarence Thomas At The Center Of An Ethics Violation?

ARTINFO | Posted 08.24.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

A quaint historical museum in Pin Point, Georgia, that is set to open this fall has become the target of an exhaustive ethics examination by the New Y...

Pledging Allegiance and Saluting Frank Mickens

Ken Blackwell | Posted 08.22.2011 | Media
Ken Blackwell

Striking out "Under God" is no small omission. It goes to the core of what we are as a people.

Russ Feingold Is Emerging as a Significant Force Against Corporate Control of Our Government

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln's famous words of hope for a "... government of the people, by the people, for the people..." will yet ring true again -- with a little help from Russ Feingold and his growing movement.

21-Year-Old Summer Intern Makes Incredible Lincoln Discovery

Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

David Spriegel was in his second week of a summer internship at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois when he m...

Can We Please Get Out of Bed With Weiner?

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Ellis

Ideally, we'd like our leaders to set a good example, but should a (sometimes painfully stupid) personal mistake end a promising political career?

Exclusive Bulletins From the Archives of TMZ!

Stanley Bing | Posted 08.09.2011 | Comedy
Stanley Bing

Exclusive! Kinky sex at Caesar's swimming pool! (31 AD) Lazy, no-show emperor Tiberius found in naked sex-romp with underage boys at his lewd and lacivious luxury getaway in Capri!

The Best Way to Destroy an Enemy

Ethan Casey | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

I hope that Pakistanis who are understandably offended by U.S. violation of Pakistan's sovereignty will keep in mind that individual Americans don't represent, nor are we necessarily well represented by, the American government.

When First Ladies Dance: From Michelle Obama's Dougie to Jackie Kennedy's Twist to Betty Ford's Bump

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 07.09.2011 | Style
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Michelle Obama is hardly the first to enjoy gliding over the waxed parquet on the wide, open East Room floor. Her "Dougie" is but the latest link in a history of popular American dance within first lady history.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Lands Role Of Historical Proportions

Posted 07.06.2011 | Entertainment

Renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin named her best selling volume on the Lincoln Presidency, "Team of Rivals," after the incredible group of advis...

Gerald Ford Wins His Place in History

Al Eisele | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

The unassuming former House Republican leader from Michigan joined the pantheon of America's greatest presidents on Tuesday when his statue was unveiled in an elaborate ceremony in the U.S. Capitol amid effusive bipartisan praise.

Myth, Martyrdom And The American Civil War

Posted 06.27.2011 | Religion

By John Farmer Jr. Religion News Service (RNS) "Are you a Yankee or a rebel?" That question, asked of me at recess by a ring of third- and f...

Innocent or Guilty? The Conspirator Mines the Lessons From the Past

Eileen Mackevich | Posted 06.21.2011 | Entertainment
Eileen Mackevich

The mark of a good historical film is the way it informs audiences and sparks discussion about a little-known aspect of history. Robert Redford's The Conspirators does that.

Fasting, Budget Cuts And National Humiliation

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 06.15.2011 | Religion
Ambassador Tony Hall

Budgets are moral documents by nature. They reflect the priorities of individuals, households and even nations, exposing our real notions of who and what is valuable.

Movie Review: The Conspirator

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As he did with Lions for Lambs, Robert Redford uses The Conspirator to construct a conscience-pricking drama that tells one story while commenting (no...

Long-Lost Letter Sheds Light On Lincoln's Faith

Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, a long-lost letter has surfaced ...

Before Chickamauga

Carolyn Vega | Posted 06.13.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega

With the Battle of Chickamauga still a week away, Abraham Lincoln wrote to the military governor of occupied Tennessee, and later president, Andrew Johnson.

The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War: Our Legacy Considered

Stephen Menendian | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Stephen Menendian

The lessons of the abolitionist movement -- which ultimately galvanized a nation to the immorality of slavery, and profoundly influenced the terms of the debate over the war and its purpose -- are still applicable.

Gloves Stained With Lincoln's Blood Going On Display In Springfield

Posted 05.30.2011 | Chicago

In President Abraham Lincoln's left pocket, on the fateful night of April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theater, was a pristine pair of white kid-leather gloves....

Should Government Be of the People, by the People and for the People?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

In President Abraham Lincoln's famous "Gettysburg Address" in November of 1863, he wound up his short speech by exclaiming that the living be dedicate...

Congress Considers "In God We Trust" ... But Who Is This God?

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

Twice in the last three decades, the Supreme Court has specifically identified that phrase as being void of substantive sacred meaning. If you are a believing monotheist, is that how you want God's name treated?

The Rosetta Stone of the Right

Tom Shachtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Shachtman

Struggling to comprehend the right-wing assault on unions in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio, the attempts to defund federal programs for the poor, the in...