Slavery Is Having a Hollywood Moment. What About the Rest of Black History in America?
January 20, 2014
Why are we still waiting for a great film about Martin Luther King Jr.?
Does the Gettysburg Address Distract Us from the Real Lincoln?
November 18, 2013
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.
What If POLITICO Had Covered the Civil War?
October 28, 2013
Playbook, Emancipation Day Edition
Playing a pol is tough.
It's Time for a New President—on Our Coins
March 04, 2013
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.
Americans Back Obama's Gun Control Plan, But That's Not Enough
January 16, 2013
If it were up to the public, Obama's plan would sail through Congress.
Tony Kushner's Real Source For "Lincoln"?
January 10, 2013
Tony Kushner's "Best Adapted Screenplay" was likely adapted not from "Team of Rivals" but from an obscure academic book.
"Borking" Hagel? Just What the Founding Fathers Would Have Wanted
January 09, 2013
Cabinet appointments were meant to be clashes between the branches of government.
Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg
December 21, 2012
Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.
Torture, America, and the Laws of War
December 21, 2012
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.