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More Than a Dream

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The future -- as well as the present -- is what we make of it. That's how dreams come true: "We ... will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water."

What Was the America of 'I Have a Dream' All About?

Carl Pope | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Carl Pope

I was only 18, 50 years ago yesterday, when, against official advice warning of violence, a few of my friends and I trekked to the Lincoln Memorial from suburban Maryland for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Once Upon a Time

Jonathan Richards | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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The Eagle Flies

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

It is not only a magnificent speech we remember this week or powerful faces that beamed through glass television screens that late summer day. We remember who we are.

Why We Fought the Civil War: Reading Thomas Fleming's A Disease of the Public Mind

Warren Adler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

Fleming clearly reiterates the point that from our beginnings as a nation we have been plagued by the moral dilemma posed by the entrenched and repugnant institution of slavery.

Atheists Overstep in Demanding Lincoln 'God' Quotation Removed From U.S. Passports

Salvador Litvak | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Salvador Litvak

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State demanding that the following inspirational quotations...

Political Correctness as Taught by Abraham Lincoln

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

If there is any doubt that the constant diatribe of political correctness is exacting a price, just look at our position in the world. Our stature has deteriorated more in the last several years than it has in all of our history. That is because we have lost sight of who we are. Our hesitance to stand up to the truths we hold dear is turning our spines to jelly.

Period Pieces

George Heymont | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

While plays that are set in a time and place far removed from today are often referred to as "historical dramas" or "period pieces," the knowledge of different historical periods bestowed on us through paintings, sculpture, and literature allows us to have fun with history.

Abraham Lincoln, Dad: 6 Lessons in Parenting From the 16th President

Salvador Litvak | Posted 09.28.2013 | Parents
Salvador Litvak

Even those who criticized Lincoln as a politician -- and there were many -- would agree that he was a great dad.

Mystic Chords of Memory and the 'Heroes' of War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

When I first arrived in America a few years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the road name, Jefferson Davis Highway. For a moment, I wondere...

The Independent: The Art of Congressional Compromise

Brent Roske | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Brent Roske

The use of the Civil War to show where Congressional compromise has failed is an extreme measure, but in our current Congress other battles have been pitched from entrenched positions with unfortunate consequences, showing the need for compromise.

What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

Brian Levin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Sometimes, upholding the Constitution and protecting the country it set out to establish might involve acts that appear to violate bits and pieces of it. We should talk about transparency, oversight, and striking a balance between liberty and security.

QUIZ: Abraham Lincoln Or A Flying Shark?

The Huffington Post | Joanna Borns | Posted 07.12.2013 | Comedy

Abraham Lincoln had a lot of memorable quotations. Can you spot his words from those of a flying shark? It's time to find out with this quiz. ...

Russia Is a Proud and Powerful Country

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Alison Winfield Burns

Tweeting melodiously, Alexei Pushkov, of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's lower house of parliament, lets fly an observation: "He can't live ...

LOOK: America's Hidden Queer History

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 07.04.2013 | Gay Voices

After the historic moments that went down last week, what better way to celebrate Independence Day than looking into America's queer past? Whether...

Part II: One Nation Under God -- Happy 237th Birthday, America

Atiba Madyun | Posted 09.03.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

I am an American and the descendant of slaves. One of them was the first African-American invited as a guest into the White House. His name was Frederick Douglass. I am also a descendant of a man who led the South's Confederate troops during the Civil War. His name was General Robert E. Lee.

Lincoln, Mandela and Obama: Lessons for Leaders Over Three Centuries

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Mandela's leadership lessons will belong to the ages, just as Lincoln's leadership lessons do. Two very different men, but they shared the same defining qualities that we need in the 21st century. As Nancy Koehn put in the conclusion of her speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival: "We need muscles of moral courage, we need to flex them, we need to find them, we need to help others recognize them and find them in themselves. Nothing more is needed and nothing less will do at this moment of great turbulence, great promise, great peril."

The Meaning of Gettysburg Beyond our Borders

Salvador Litvak | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Salvador Litvak

Because it was an American battle fought within an American war, most people believe the outcome was of little interest beyond our borders. In truth, however, Gettysburg had tremendous international impact then, and it continues to do so today.

How Abraham Lincoln Can Save Today's Republican Party

92nd Street Y | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

National Review editor and author of the new book Lincoln Unbound , Rich Lowry, spoke with us about how the philosophies and policies of our 16th Pres...

Gettysburg and Gridlock

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What I will be remembering -- and which I sincerely urge that today's politicians and media personalities read up on -- is the fact that the Civil War was actually postponed for decades by the most fierce ideological divide in our history.

The Civil War's Best Union General - Was a Southerner

Dennis Miller | Posted 08.28.2013 | Books
Dennis Miller

During this 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Battle, it's good to remember that the most successful Union General in the Civil War was from the South.

A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the highly acclaimed, bestselling author of historical thrillers, including the Cotton Malone adventure series.

Lost Lincoln Document Uncovered

AP | GENARO C. ARMAS | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- In losing a president, Lycoming College found a piece of its history. Retiring President James Douthat was cleaning out a closet...

Lincoln Notebook Reveals Surprising Talent

AP | DAVID MERCER | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Two math-notebook pages recently authenticated as belonging to Abraham Lincoln suggest the 16th president, who was known to do...

Washington's Monuments in Minutes? Yes, You Can!

Kari Haugeto | Posted 08.07.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Did I say "all" the monuments in one day"? Yeah, more or less.