Abraham Lincoln

Why are we still waiting for a great film about Martin Luther King Jr.?

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Does the Gettysburg Address Distract Us from the Real Lincoln?

A prominent historian on the politician behind the oratory

Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In this 2009 essay, historian Sean Wilentz argues that we have let Lincoln's feats of oratory—like the Gettysburg Address—overshadow his political achievements.

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What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?

Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition

Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition

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Uncle Sam is rolling out new designs for the reverse side of our coins. It's time to change the presidents on the front sides, too. 

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If it were up to the public, Obama's plan would sail through Congress.

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Tony Kushner's "Best Adapted Screenplay" was likely adapted not from "Team of Rivals" but from an obscure academic book.

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Cabinet appointments were meant to be clashes between the branches of government.

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Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.

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Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American HistoryBy John Fabian Witt (Free Press, 498 pp., $32)   WAR IS ABOUT killing, maiming, and destroying. Yet in its midst men have sought heroism not only in savage acts of bravery but also in observing limits, in finding a way to affirm their and their adversaries’ common humanity, in the concept of honor as a higher expression of morality than is attainable even in peace.

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