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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...

Wisconsin and American Democracy

Heather Cox Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Cox Richardson

How can lawmakers who claim to be enacting the will of the people justify passing a law that a strong majority opposes? It seems a pretty obvious contradiction.

Remembering the Civil War in the Tea Party Age

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Conservatives and liberals alike should celebrate the Constitution of our time, not yearn for days long past when our Constitution, and our Union, were far less perfect.

Google Ranking The Presidents

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Howard Steven Friedman

We find that the Google rankings of presidents corresponds very well to historians' rankings.

Abraham Lincoln's 3 Lessons For College Students

CampusSplash | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln was asked to walk through one of the buildings of a local college to get to the platform where he would debate Stephen Dougla...

Presidents And Providence

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

I find myself this Presidents' Day -- in the shadow of Egypt's overthrow of an undemocratic president of long standing -- as perplexed as ever on the matter of God's action in history.

Leadership at the Tipping Point -- The Debt and a Time for Shared Sacrifice

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

The conventional wisdom is that everyone wants to cut the debt and the deficit, as long as it means somebody else has to suffer. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Americans are willing to sacrifice.

Poll Reveals Which President Americans See As Greatest

Politics Daily | Christopher Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Number 40 is No. 1. Just in time for Presidents Day, Ronald Reagan tops a list of the nation's greatest chief executives, ahead of Abraham Lincoln, ac...

Attempts to Deny Wisconsin Workers the Right to Choose a Union -- Simply Un-American

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

At this moment the Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker is doing his best to strip teachers and other state workers of the right to choose a union to negotiate their wages and working conditions.

The Founding Fathers Were Not Libertarians

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

While I strongly disagree with the modern libertarian movement, I understand why my government-averse friends believe the things they believe, as opposed to, say, my friends who are Yankee fans.

Echoes From Gettysburg: Restoring Civility With Love

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

We never "find" hope at all. Rather, we create hope, and we do so through love, empathy, and compassion. We create hope through the care we bring to any situation.

Court's Strict Interpretation Of Illinois Residency Law In Rahm's Case A Shift From The Norm

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — If history unfolded differently, and Abraham Lincoln had served out his second term in the White House, could he have returned to Illi...

Unforgettable State Of The Union Moments

The Huffington Post | Alyson Krueger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama prepares to deliver his second State of the Union address, now is a great time to see which speeches get remembered and why. Pres...

Daniel Day-Lewis Spends Time In Springfield To Prep For Abe Lincoln Role

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis is preparing for his role as Abraham Lincoln by visiting the state where the fo...

Let Freedom Ring -- Now! Now!!

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Zeitz

As Dr. King told us, we cannot walk alone. The destiny of all Americans is inextricably bound together. My greatest hope is that the justice movement will be a way for all of us to stand together to "Build the Dream!"

To Form a More Perfect Union

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Perhaps it is our fate to always have a climate of anger and hatred with us. But if it is our fate, we will make little progress toward a more perfect union.

Echoes From Gettysburg: How We Can Save Our Country

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

To put it bluntly, by placing their individual interests ahead of the common good, the American people have betrayed the American dream.

A New Lincoln-Douglas Debate At Eastern Illinois University

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Stephen A. Douglas, the "Little Giant" who served in the U.S. Senate and debated Abraham Lincoln, is still much-honored in some quarters. Douglas, Wyo...

Tpaw and the Campaign 'Autohagiography'

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Sigman

Now is the time for all presidential candidates to come to the aid of their egos. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty this week joined Newt Gingri...

Lincoln's Christmas Message

Max Benavidez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Benavidez

If Abraham Lincoln were president today in the midst of two wars and prolonged economic collapse, this is what I imagine his 2010 Christmas message might look like.

Henry Kissinger: Moral Midget Destined for Obscurity

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

At key points in his ego-driven career, Henry Kissinger was confronted with a choice between power and moral principle. He chose power, and became a moral dwarf.