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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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