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Lincoln images reconsidered

Harold Holzer | Published: March 05, 2013 at 11:15 am
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 understood that Abraham Lincoln's proclamation changed everything, first …

When the people win by voting

Harold Holzer | Published: January 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm
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 longest and the most expensive ever. …

Ready for his close-up?

Harold Holzer | Published: November 09, 2012 at 5:54 pm
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 an­nual message to …

Twilight in America

Harold Holzer | Published: August 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm
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 explanation for the mess we're in. Abraham Lincoln was the …

War by the numbers

Harold Holzer | Published: July 02, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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.

The Civil War's 21st-century hero

Harold Holzer | Published: May 09, 2012 at 4:38 pm
Brian Lamb (image courtesy of C-SPAN)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 …

Still current at 99

Harold Holzer | Published: January 12, 2012 at 11:09 am
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 her husband felt strong enough to send his annual message …

An un-civil war over criticism

Harold Holzer | Published: October 28, 2011 at 10:45 am
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 criticism really surprises him or us …
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