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Thaddeus Stevens

Why I'm Rooting for Tommy Lee Jones

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
The Zinn Education Project

In the 2012 movie Lincoln, Stevens is cast as the radical whom Lincoln must tame to ensure passage of the 13th Amendment. This is Hollywood drama. The ardent abolitionist was as cagey a politician as Lincoln, and needed no persuasion to support his life's goal.

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

Michael Shank | Posted 01.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Shank

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.

Re-Birth of a Nation?

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The Birth of a Nation provides the key to explaining both the rise of the Tea Party and the totally irrational hatred that a substantial fraction of Americans holds for President Obama.