The legacy of Abraham Lincoln is so strong that he's often a part of the current conversation. And when we look back at his life, there are always new ways of examining it. Here is a collection of blog items from the past few years related to Lincoln.
Published: February 5, 2013
Excerpt: On a quiet Sunday afternoon in Washington, February 5, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln paid a visit to the photographic studio of Alexander Gardner. The two men had known each other for a few years, and Gardner had taken portraits of the president on other occasions. Read onward.
Published: November 23, 2013
Excerpt: I've been fascinated this weekend watching the archival news footage of President Kennedy's assassination provided in a continuous stream by CBS News. Something that struck me was the close attention paid to history by Walter Cronkite and other television journalists as they broadcast the news of a president's murder and funeral. Read onward.
Published: November 18, 2013
Excerpt: Riding on a train to Gettysburg 150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln was determined to make what he considered a necessary statement about the purpose of the Civil War. By late 1863 the war had already gone on for much longer than anyone could have imagined. And the cost in lives and suffering was staggering. Read onward.
Published: April 14, 2013
Excerpt: Word of the shooting of President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre on the evening of Friday, April 14, 1865, began to travel on the telegraph wires shortly after midnight. By early the next morning, as Lincoln lay dying, many Americans had already heard the shocking news. Read onward.
Published: February 24, 2013
At the end of February 1860, after spending three days taking trains from Illinois, the new political voice from the West arrived in New York City, where he had been invited to make a speech. Read onward.
Published: February 10, 2013
Excerpt: After the death of Abraham Lincoln a number of sculptures of the fallen president were commissioned. Two of the most famous are the statue of Lincoln by Vinnie Ream, which stands in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, and the Emancipation Monument, in Lincoln Park, about ten blocks east of the Capitol building. Read onward.
Published: January 20, 2013
Excerpt: Second inaugural addresses generally don't stand out in history, except for the speech Abraham Lincoln delivered at his second inauguration on March 4, 1865. The text is brief, about 700 words, but it is generally considered the best inaugural address ever. Read onward.
Published: December 20, 2012
Excerpt: As New Year's Day approached 150 years ago, plenty of Americans would have been happy to see the end of 1862. The year had brought the great battles at Shiloh, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. The Civil War, which many people had expected to end quickly, was obviously going to continue for some time. Read onward.
Published: November 26, 2012
Excerpt: The new film "Lincoln" does not evade the issue of the perceived mental instability of Abraham Lincoln's wife. In a brilliant portrayal by actress Sally Field, the first lady's personality quirks are evident, and mentions of her mental state appear in the dialogue by screenwriter Tony Kushner. Read onward.