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Dark Days Before Lincoln Issued the Emancipation Proclamation

Friday, November 28, 2014

A look at the tumultuous six months leading up to the Lincoln's issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, possibly the most challenging time in his challenging presidency.

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Dark Days Preceded Lincoln's Brightest Moment

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A look at the tumultuous, trying six months leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation, possibly the most challenging time in a challenging presidency. 

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Lincoln's Gamble on The Battle to End Slavery

Friday, September 19, 2014

On July 12, 1862, Abraham Lincoln spoke for the first time about freeing the slaves. It would be six more turbulent months until the 16th president decided to take action.

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Meddling Ex-Presidents during the Civil War

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Five former presidents were still alive when Abraham Lincoln took office. Chris DeRose tells how this ex-Presidents’ Club maneuvered, plotted, advised, and aided during the Civil War.

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Lincoln in the World

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kevin Peraino explains how Abraham Lincoln evolved into one of our seminal foreign-policy presidents and helped point the way to America’s rise to world power. Lincoln had never traveled overseas and spoke no foreign languages, yet, during the Civil War, Lincoln and his team skillfully managed to avoid European intervention on the side of the Confederacy. In Lincoln in the World, Kevin Peraino reveals Lincoln to be an indispensable diplomat.

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Police and Domestic Violence; Rebuilding the White House; Gore Vidal's Private Life; Lincoln in the World

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Frontline correspondent Walt Bogdanich on what happens when police officers are involved domestic violence cases. Find out how the Truman Administration literally rebuilt the White House after they discovered that the building was on the brink of collapse. Tim Teeman reveals the complicated private life of Gore Vidal. And we’ll look at Abraham Lincoln’s foreign policy and how the 16th president managed to convince European powers not to intervene in the Civil War on behalf of the Confederacy.

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The Unfinished Work of the Gettysburg Address

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in our nation's history. But looking back on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we must ask if the nation is living up to the ideals set forth by Abraham Lincoln. Are we a union? Or just as troubled and divided as a nation at war? Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University, historian and author of "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War," explains what unfinished work remains 150 years after the Gettysburg Address.

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Young Abraham Lincoln

Monday, February 18, 2013

Before he was our sixteenth president and the man who kept our union together, Abraham Lincoln was sort of a regular guy who made mistakes and had ambitions. In honor of President’s Day, we’re looking at that other Lincoln, that not-yet-famous Lincoln, with Chris DeRose, author of “Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America’s Greatest President.”

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Opinion: On Gettysburg Anniversary, Have We Progressed Since Lincoln?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Now, it is for us to ask, with all that we have achieved, have we yet reached the larger objective Lincoln envisioned for us, as a functional democracy in the 21st century

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For the Love of Lincoln

Friday, November 09, 2012

With the new Steven Spielberg biopic "Lincoln," Louis CK’s Abe Lincoln parody for Saturday Night Live, the big budget summer release "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," lots of new Lincoln books, and the 150th anniversary of the civil war, it seems the 16th president is hotter than ever. Is he? Or has he always been on fire? James Cornelius, a museum curator, and Maira Kalman, an author, explain.

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Stephen Carter's New Novel

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stephen Carter talks about his novel The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. It takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority and faces an impeachment trial. A young black woman working at the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense finds herself in a web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the government.

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Movie Date: 'Brave' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pointy objects and surprising leads abound in this week's Movie Date. But will the arrows of "Brave" or the silver kitchenware of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" be enough to sway Kristen and Rafer? And we're all wondering who would win in a scuffle: undead-stalking president or bow-wielding princess? Lincoln has the height advantage...

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Bill O'Reilly on Lincoln, Obama, and the GOP Candidates

Monday, October 03, 2011

In 1865, the Civil War came to a close. But just six days after the confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee surrendered, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theatre in Washington DC. It’s a story that most Americans know, but Bill O’Reilly has some new perspective on these historic events. O'Reilly, the host of Fox News's "The O’Reilly Factor," is also a former high school history teacher, a hobby historian, and co-author of a new book called "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever."

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Radiolab

Mirror, Mirror

Monday, April 18, 2011

The mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson posed a big question about mirrors in one of his best-known books: Through the Looking-Glass (yup, Dodgson's pen name was Lewis Carroll). Natasha Gostwick of Storynory reads an excerpt that gets at the heart of the trouble: is mirror milk any good to drink? ...

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Lincoln: The Greatest President of the Greatest Democracy

Friday, April 15, 2011

More than 14,000 books that have been written about his presidency and assassination. Why the fascination? Simply put, Lincoln was the greatest president of the world’s greatest democracy.

— Jami Floyd marking the 146th anniversary of President Lincoln's death.

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Studio 360

Oh Lincoln, My Lincoln

Friday, November 19, 2010

Daniel Day-Lewis, you're great and all — but we would've cast someone else as Lincoln in the upcoming biopic.

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Is The Tea Party to Obama What the Copperheads Were to Lincoln?

Friday, October 29, 2010

With a few days left until mid-term elections, we're looking at the fierce opposition that has emerged during this campaign season to President Barack Obama and the Democratic agenda. Historian Jennifer Weber, author of "Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North," explains how today's Tea Partiers are similar to the "Copperheads" of the 1800s that protested Lincoln and his policies during the Civil War.

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Signed Copy of Emancipation Proclamation to be Auctioned at Sotheby's

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln and owned by Robert Kennedy will be auctioned in New York. The copy Kennedy purchased is one of 48 signed by Lincoln and sold to raise money for the medical care of union veterans.

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WNYC News

Robert Kennedy's Copy of Emancipation Proclamation To Be Sold

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln and owned by Robert Kennedy will be auctioned in New York. 

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Studio 360

Getting Lost with Hand Drawn Maps

Friday, August 20, 2010

I like to collect old road maps, and when the need arises for me to draw a map for a visiting friend or relative, I'll admit I fancy myself a pretty good cartographer. But sometimes I find myself the artist of a bizarrely scaled and oddly detailed map which names all the trees, statues, and potholes in the vicinity but omits important details like street names.

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