Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln

Considering Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 13th Amendment


The recent Lincoln biopic by Steven Spielberg, with its masterful performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, has raised to a new level interest in the process whereby slaves achieved freedom during the Civil War. The film focuses on … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering, Safe Districts, and Political Extremism


It is a truism of elective office that whenever a politician has little fear of being turned out from office by the electorate s/he is more likely to take hardline positions and to refuse efforts to compromise on thorny issues. … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Twentieth Century: A People’s History”


The Twentieth Century: A People’s History. By Howard Zinn. New York: HarperCollins, 2003. No historian of the United States has been more provocative than Howard Zinn (1922–2010), whose leftist philosophy permeated his writings and never failed to challenge his readers. … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Holland’s Life of Abraham Lincoln”


Holland’s Life of Abraham Lincoln. By J.G. Holland. Introduction by Allen C. Guelzo. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998. Pp. viii, 552. Paper $22. With all of the hoopla over the completely fictional film about Lincoln’s vampire hunting, I thought … Continue reading

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