Sensing the World Anew Through Other Species

Ed Yong talks about “An Immense World,” and Terry Alford discusses “In the Houses of Their Dead.”

#alford-terry, #an-immense-world-how-animal-senses-reveal-the-hidden-realms-around-us-book, #animal-cognition, #books-and-literature, #booth-john-wilkes, #in-the-houses-of-their-dead-the-lincolns-the-booths-and-the-spirits-book, #lincoln-abraham, #occult-sciences, #yong-ed-1981

The Hidden Story of the North’s Victory in the Civil War

Roger Lowenstein’s “Ways and Means” offers a fresh perspective on the Civil War by explaining the importance of financing.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #books-and-literature, #chase-salmon-p, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #income-tax, #lincoln-abraham, #lowenstein-roger, #united-states-economy, #ways-and-means-lincoln-and-his-cabinet-and-the-financing-of-the-civil-war-book

Time Capsule From 1887 Possibly Found in Robert E. Lee Statue

Virginia historians are confident they’ve located a time capsule beneath a former monument to the Confederate general Robert E. Lee. They are less confident about how to get it out of a 1,500-pound granite rock.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #lee-robert-e, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #richmond-va, #rock-and-stone, #time-capsules

Freedom’s Just Another Word for … What Exactly?

We all want liberty. The question is what we each want to do with it,

#lincoln-abraham, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wallace-george-c, #whites

Lincoln Broke Our Constitution. Then He Remade It.

He turned a messy, pragmatic compromise into an aspirational blueprint for a nation based on equal liberty for all.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #constitution-us, #lincoln-abraham, #slavery-historical

Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? Jefferson Davis Thought So. Abraham Lincoln Didn’t.

Noah Feldman’s “The Broken Constitution” argues that Lincoln had to remake the American Constitution in order to battle slavery.

#books-and-literature, #confederate-states-of-america, #constitution-us, #davis-jefferson-f, #feldman-noah, #lincoln-abraham, #slavery-historical

We Underestimated Trump Before. It Didn’t Go Well.

The former president continues to pose a threat because our political imagination fails us. 

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #constitution-us, #democratic-party, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #slavery-historical, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Friends in High Places

Hanging with presidents: Sometimes First Friends are helping found a country; other times, they’re mixing martinis.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-bill, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #lincoln-abraham, #nixon-richard-milhous, #presidents-and-presidency-us

‘Critical Race Theory’ And How American History Is Taught

What progressives want, and what conservatives are fighting.

#civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #confederate-states-of-america, #education-k-12, #juneteenth, #lincoln-abraham, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us

Trump and the Republican Party’s Cruel Logic

Why there was Trumpism long before Trump — and there will be long afterward. 

#black-people, #confederate-states-of-america, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #discrimination, #foner-eric, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reconstruction-era, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965, #woodward-c-vann

Juneteenth Reminds Us Just How Far We Have to Go

Abolishing slavery was only one step on a winding journey.

#black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #juneteenth, #law-and-legislation, #lincoln-abraham, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #thirteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #united-states

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Lincolns’ Marriage

In “An American Marriage,” Michael Burlingame portrays Abraham and Mary as being constantly at each other’s throat.

#an-american-marriage-the-untold-story-of-abraham-lincoln-and-mary-todd-book, #books-and-literature, #burlingame-michael-1941, #content-type-personal-profile, #lincoln-abraham, #lincoln-mary-todd, #united-states-politics-and-government

Some Statues Tell Lies. This One Tells the Truth.

Billy Frank Jr. changed the country for the better and won rights for Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.

#fishing-commercial, #frank-billy-jr-1931-2014, #grant-ulysses-s, #lincoln-abraham, #native-americans, #salmon, #washington-state

Maryland’s State Song, a Nod to the Confederacy, Nears Repeal

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!”

#baltimore-md, #black-people, #bowie-state-university, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #hogan-lawrence-j, #horse-racing, #law-and-legislation, #lincoln-abraham, #maryland, #maryland-my-maryland-song, #music, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #preakness-stakes, #state-legislatures, #the-star-spangled-banner-song, #triple-crown-horse-racing, #united-states-politics-and-government

San Francisco Pauses School Renamings to Focus on Returning Students to Classrooms

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.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #feinstein-dianne, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #lincoln-abraham-high-school, #lopez-gabriela, #names-organizational, #san-francisco-calif, #slavery-historical, #washington-george-1732-99

Chicago Lists Lincoln Statues Among Monuments to Review

A city commission, created after protests against racism last year, identified five statues of Abraham Lincoln among 41 monuments that should receive public scrutiny.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity

San Francisco Scraps 44 School Names, Citing Reckoning With Racism

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.

#california, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #feinstein-dianne, #lincoln-abraham, #names-organizational, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #washington-george-1732-99

Sharpshooters, Protesters, a Secret Train Trip

The inaugural of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is not the first to take place at a tense moment in American history.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #carter-jimmy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #grant-ulysses-s, #hayes-rutherford-birchard, #inaugurations, #lincoln-abraham, #national-mall-washington-dc, #nixon-richard-milhous, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Lincoln Knew in 1838 What 2021 Would Bring

Before Jefferson Davis there was John C. Calhoun. What rougher beasts do Trump, Hawley and Cruz prefigure?

#illinois, #lincoln-abraham, #mississippi, #speeches-and-statements, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vicksburg-miss

The Bogusness of Anti-Impeachment Republicans

Suddenly they like “unity” and fear “divisiveness.” Where was that spirit when election results were being counted?

#brady-kevin-1955, #house-of-representatives, #impeachment, #jordan-jim-1964, #lincoln-abraham, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Was the Constitution a Pro-Slavery Document?

In “The Crooked Path to Abolition,” James Oakes shows how Abraham Lincoln relied on America’s founding texts to chart a path to abolition.

#books-and-literature, #constitution-us, #emancipation-proclamation-1863, #lincoln-abraham, #oakes-james-1953, #slavery-historical, #united-states

The Capitol Takeover That Wasn’t

In 1861, a pro-Southern mob wanted to block the tallying of electoral votes for Lincoln. So did some congressmen.

#booth-john-wilkes, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #house-of-representatives, #lincoln-abraham, #richard-iii-play, #scott-winfield, #senate, #shakespeare-william, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #strong-george-templeton, #treason-and-sedition, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Gabby Giffords: 10 Years Ago, a Gunman Tried to Silence Me

During a week in which our country has endured shock, I’ve thought a lot about resilience and determination.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #giffords-gabrielle, #grief-emotion, #lincoln-abraham, #mass-shootings, #tucson-ariz

Boston Removes Statue of Formerly Enslaved Man Kneeling Before Lincoln

Officials voted unanimously to remove “Emancipation Group” in June, after a widespread petition and hours of debate.

#art, #art-commission, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #emancipation-proclamation-1863, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #richmond-va, #slavery-historical

The Forgotten Radicalism of Jesus Christ

First-century Christians weren’t prepared for what a truly inclusive figure he was, and what was true then is still true today.

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #empathy, #jesus-christ, #lincoln-abraham

‘Loser’: How a Lifelong Fear Bookended Trump’s Presidency

The president’s inability to concede the election is the latest reality-denying moment in a career preoccupied with an epithet.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #casinos, #cruz-ted, #disloyal-a-memoir-the-true-story-of-the-former-personal-attorney-to-president-donald-j-trump-book, #inaugurations, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reality-television, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Thanksgiving Is a Celebration of Freedom

The origins of the national holiday have little to do with Pilgrims and Indians.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #hale-sarah-josepha, #lincoln-abraham, #slavery-historical, #thanksgiving-day

What Is Trump Playing at?

The president’s refusal to concede that he lost the election is taking us into dangerous territory.

#adams-john-1735-1826, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reconstruction-era, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Biden Can Rule America in Spite of Everything

It won’t be easy, but coming after a self-styled “disrupter” opens up its own possibilities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #grant-ulysses-s, #jefferson-thomas, #johnson-andrew, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-of-joseph-r-biden-jr, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #senate, #truman-harry-s, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Lincoln Survived the Worst Election Ever

There are many parallels between 1860 and 2020. Let’s hope there aren’t too many.

#breckinridge-john-c, #buchanan-james, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #confederate-states-of-america, #davis-jefferson-f, #democratic-party, #lincoln-abraham, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-party, #scott-winfield, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government

Protesters in Portland Topple Statues of Lincoln and Roosevelt

The demonstrations highlighted a mass execution overseen by President Lincoln and also targeted Theodore Roosevelt.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #roosevelt-theodore

Our Leader’s Life Is at Risk. Cue the Conspiracy Theories.

Poisons, plots and psychic powers — why is the president’s health such fertile ground for the paranoid imagination?

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #conspiracy-theories, #lincoln-abraham, #poisoning-and-poisons, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Book Review: ‘The Zealot and the Emancipator,’ by H.W. Brands

H.W. Brands’s “The Zealot and the Emancipator” looks at how two opponents of slavery chose very different paths to abolition.

#books-and-literature, #brands-h-w, #brown-john-1800-59, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #emancipation-proclamation-1863, #lincoln-abraham, #slavery-historical, #the-zealot-and-the-emancipator-john-brown-abraham-lincoln-and-the-struggle-for-american-freedom-book

Lincoln Has Another Lesson for Trump

The essence of the American idea is unity under the law, through and despite difference.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #debates-political, #lincoln-abraham, #masks, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Searching for the Real Abraham Lincoln

David S. Reynolds’s “Abe” seeks to understand Lincoln by placing him in the context of his times.

#abe-abraham-lincoln-in-his-times-book, #books-and-literature, #brown-john-1800-59, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #constitution-us, #lincoln-abraham, #reynolds-david-s

Down With Judicial Supremacy!

The Supreme Court was never meant to be the only arbiter of the meaning of the Constitution.

#adams-john-1735-1826, #constitution-us, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #marshall-john, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #scott-dred, #supreme-court-us, #taney-roger-b, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Remembering the Presidency of Donald Trump

I wish it were a fever dream in my Covid-clouded mind. But, no, our president believes empathy, like patriotic sacrifice, is for suckers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #charlottesville-va, #conway-kellyanne, #environmental-protection-agency, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #woodward-bob

The Never-Ending War Between the White House and the Press

Harold Holzer’s “The Presidents vs. the Press” argues that conflicts between chief executives and journalists go back to the start of the Republic.

#adams-john-1735-1826, #books-and-literature, #holzer-harold, #lincoln-abraham, #news-and-news-media, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #the-presidents-vs-the-press-the-endless-battle-between-the-white-house-and-the-media-from-the-founding-fathers-to-fake-news-book, #trump-donald-j

More Than Just a Tweet: Trump’s Campaign to Undercut Democracy

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #constitution-us, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Rename theMilitary Bases That Honor Confederates

The military should rechristen bases named for Confederates. Better options are not hard to find.

#black-people, #brown-john-1800-59, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #equal-employment-opportunity-commission, #gates-robert-m, #ku-klux-klan, #lee-robert-e, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-organizational, #national-assn-of-stock-car-auto-racing, #pickett-george-e, #race-and-ethnicity, #sherman-william-tecumseh, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

The Ghost of Woodrow Wilson

The debts our institutions owe to the problematic past can’t just be canceled.

#columbus-christopher, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #princeton-university, #wilson-woodrow, #yale-university

Is Statue-Toppling a Monumental Error?

Where you place yourself along the vanguard-to-vandals spectrum says a lot about how you see the past — and the future.

#democratic-party, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hamilton-play, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government

Activists Push for Removal of Statue of Freed Slave Kneeling Before Lincoln

The Emancipation Memorial, intended to commemorate the end of slavery, has prompted a thorny debate over what the interaction between the two figures conveys.

#black-people, #emancipation-proclamation-1863, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

To Overturn Trump, We Need to Overturn White Supremacy

For that to happen, some monuments — and the historical myths they supported — are going to have to come down.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #columbus-christopher, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lincoln-abraham, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #trump-donald-j

Trump’s False Claim That ‘Nobody Has Ever Done’ More for the Black Community Than He Has

The records of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson, among others, beg to differ.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #lincoln-abraham, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

America, We Break It, It’s Gone

Where can we find the leadership to save the U.S.?

#bottoms-keisha-lance, #business-roundtable, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lincoln-abraham, #minneapolis-minn, #republican-party, #social-media, #united-states

Why Is Trump Leaving Us to Grieve on Our Own?

The president’s indifference to collective mourning is of a piece with a political movement that denies our collective ties.

#butler-judith, #challenger-space-shuttle, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #funerals-and-memorials, #grief-emotion, #lincoln-abraham, #speeches-and-statements, #trump-donald-j

If We Had a Real Leader

Imagining Covid under a normal president.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #humanities, #lincoln-abraham, #trump-donald-j

Sorry, Abe Lincoln Is Not on the Ballot

But the 16th president is showing up quite a bit in the 2020 race. He remains uncommitted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuomo-andrew-m, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Coronavirus Shows that the Post Office is the Most American Thing We’ve Got

Trump calls it ‘a joke.’ Washington and Lincoln would disagree.

#farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #lincoln-abraham, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #trump-donald-j