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Abraham Lincoln

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...

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...