Abolishing slavery was only one step on a winding journey.
In “An American Marriage,” Michael Burlingame portrays Abraham and Mary as being constantly at each other’s throat.
Billy Frank Jr. changed the country for the better and won rights for Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.
The lyrics of “Maryland, My Maryland,” long criticized as sympathetic to the Confederacy, refer to Abraham Lincoln as a “despot” and Union soldiers as “Northern scum!”
A plan to rename schools that honored people like Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson was put on hold after criticism of the plan and, particularly, its timing amid the pandemic.
A city commission, created after protests against racism last year, identified five statues of Abraham Lincoln among 41 monuments that should receive public scrutiny.
The school board said the move would shed homages to figures including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Dianne Feinstein. But critics — including the mayor — said the matter was ill-timed amid the pandemic.
The inaugural of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is not the first to take place at a tense moment in American history.
Before Jefferson Davis there was John C. Calhoun. What rougher beasts do Trump, Hawley and Cruz prefigure?
Suddenly they like “unity” and fear “divisiveness.” Where was that spirit when election results were being counted?
In “The Crooked Path to Abolition,” James Oakes shows how Abraham Lincoln relied on America’s founding texts to chart a path to abolition.
In 1861, a pro-Southern mob wanted to block the tallying of electoral votes for Lincoln. So did some congressmen.
During a week in which our country has endured shock, I’ve thought a lot about resilience and determination.
Officials voted unanimously to remove “Emancipation Group” in June, after a widespread petition and hours of debate.
First-century Christians weren’t prepared for what a truly inclusive figure he was, and what was true then is still true today.
The president’s inability to concede the election is the latest reality-denying moment in a career preoccupied with an epithet.
The origins of the national holiday have little to do with Pilgrims and Indians.
The president’s refusal to concede that he lost the election is taking us into dangerous territory.
It won’t be easy, but coming after a self-styled “disrupter” opens up its own possibilities.
There are many parallels between 1860 and 2020. Let’s hope there aren’t too many.
The demonstrations highlighted a mass execution overseen by President Lincoln and also targeted Theodore Roosevelt.
Poisons, plots and psychic powers — why is the president’s health such fertile ground for the paranoid imagination?
H.W. Brands’s “The Zealot and the Emancipator” looks at how two opponents of slavery chose very different paths to abolition.
The essence of the American idea is unity under the law, through and despite difference.
David S. Reynolds’s “Abe” seeks to understand Lincoln by placing him in the context of his times.
The Supreme Court was never meant to be the only arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution.
I wish it were a fever dream in my Covid-clouded mind. But, no, our president believes empathy, like patriotic sacrifice, is for suckers.
Harold Holzer’s “The Presidents vs. the Press” argues that conflicts between chief executives and journalists go back to the start of the Republic.
Floating the idea of delaying the election was the latest step in the president’s running effort to discredit the election, risking long-term damage to public trust in the system.
The military should rechristen bases named for Confederates. Better options are not hard to find.
The debts our institutions owe to the problematic past can’t just be canceled.
Where you place yourself along the vanguard-to-vandals spectrum says a lot about how you see the past — and the future.
The Emancipation Memorial, intended to commemorate the end of slavery, has prompted a thorny debate over what the interaction between the two figures conveys.
For that to happen, some monuments — and the historical myths they supported — are going to have to come down.
The records of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson, among others, beg to differ.
Where can we find the leadership to save the U.S.?
The president’s indifference to collective mourning is of a piece with a political movement that denies our collective ties.
Imagining Covid under a normal president.
But the 16th president is showing up quite a bit in the 2020 race. He remains uncommitted.
Trump calls it ‘a joke.’ Washington and Lincoln would disagree.