Tag Archives: Abraham Lincoln

Gerrymandering, Safe Districts, and Political Extremism


We are in another election season, one of the strangest in modern American history, and there is much speculation about the race for both the Presidency and Congressional elections. It seems appropriate, therefore, to say something about the Congress, safe … Continue reading

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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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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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