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Lincoln images reconsidered

No event of the 19th century aroused as much enthusiasm, controversy and culture change as the presidential proclamation issued on January 1, 1863. Writers and artists of the day immediately and instinctively...
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When the people win by voting

Lincoln insisted the election of 1864 go forward—even though he was sure he would lose You hear it all the time, from Democrats and Republicans alike: The 2012 presidential campaign was the ugliest, the...
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Ready for his close-up?

Abraham Lincoln took full advantage of what passed for the modern media in 1863 Between the last month of 1862 and the first hours of 1863, Abraham Lincoln came to terms with his own immortality. In his...
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Twilight in America

A good campaign needs more bark, less bite  Running for president is easy. Being president is hard. Just ask this year’s contend­ers—or the moviemakers who came up with an alternative...
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War by the numbers

Eyebrows were conspicuously raised recently when a "demographic historian" from New York's State University at Binghamton convincingly recalibrated the long-accepted Civil War death toll—boosting the grisly statistic by an astounding 20 percent.
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The Civil War’s 21st-century hero

I spent a particularly memorable late-winter day a few months ago watching a 6 1/2-hour-long scholarly debate, hosted by the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, on the subject of who best deserves the title...
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Still current at 99

Richard Nelson Current's 1958 biography of Abraham LIncoln shattered myths and inspired readers–including a certain Queens fifth-grader. A few months ago I e-mailed my friend Marcia Current to ask if...
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An un-civil war over criticism

Abraham Lincoln's critics were vitriolic, but at least he didn't have to deal with them in a daily twitter feed. This past summer, a beleaguered Barack Obama invited a new wave of criticism—if such...