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Abraham Lincoln



  • Review: Was the Constitution a Pro-Slavery Document?

    by Gordon S. Wood

    Gordon Wood says James Oakes's new book examines the dialectical relationship between 19th century interpretations of the Constitution as a pro-slavery and anti-slavery document and argues that that debate steered Lincoln toward a commitment to racial equality as inextricable from abolition.



  • How Abraham Lincoln Confronted—and Helped Spread—Political Misinformation

    by Elizabeth Mitchell

    Today's media makes it easier to identify stories with reporters who have a track record for credibility (or lack thereof), and harder for political partisans to plant misinformation, though as even Honest Abe's track record shows, politicians will use disinformation to their advantage as much as they can. 



  • Holding an Election During the Civil War Set the Standard for Us Today

    by Jonathan W. White

    “We can not have free government without elections,” Lincoln told the crowd, “and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.” 



  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Abraham Lincoln, and American Jewish History

    by Rebecca Brenner Graham

    Public mourning for Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a prominent Jewish American evokes Abraham Lincoln's role in supporting Jews in Civil War service, and the Jewish community's mourning after his assassination.



  • Why We Keep Reinventing Abraham Lincoln

    Adam Gopnik considers new books about Lincoln by David S. Reynolds and Sidney Blumenthal that address the personality and governing of the 16th president. 


  • Learning from Lincoln: Meeting Crisis with Action

    by William L. Barney

    The United States is at a crossroads. The path chosen will determine whether contemporary America resumes its role as a beacon of hope and progress to the rest of the world or joins the Confederate slaveholders of the past among history’s losers. 



  • Abraham Lincoln, Tech Entrepreneur

    by Sidney Blumenthal

    The president who created the National Academy of Sciences in 1863, Abraham Lincoln, did more to advance the scientific revolution in American life than any chief executive of the 19th century.