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Obama Proclaims a Nearly 'Godless' Thanksgiving

While no one expects the eloquence of Abraham Lincoln to issue from Barack Obama’s lips, the President’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving 2014 lacks not only Lincoln’s style, but unfortunately even a basic understanding of what America’s greatest feast is all about. Show More Summary

Thanksgiving's roundabout, but real, income tax connection

President Abraham Lincoln is famous for so many wonderful, impressive, inspiring actions and words. He gave us stirring arguments in the Lincoln-Douglas debates in his unsuccessful quest to unseat U.S. Senator Stephen Douglas. But the campaign battle laid the foundation for his eventual political triumphs. Show More Summary

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863

During the Civil War, both presidents, Lincoln and Jeff Davis, issued Thanksgiving Day proclamations and celebration of the holiday as we know it grew as a result. We all know about the famed Pilgrims who feasted with the local Indians in 1621, but after that the holiday was only observed once in a while. Show More Summary

Happy Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving proclamation seems to me to be very appropriate this week. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as […]

Every State's Signature Thanksgiving Dish, Mapped Out

Illinois' own Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving in 1863 in the United States "a day of Thanksgiving and Praise." Though Thanksgiving had been celebrated sporadically throughout the country since the 1600s, Lincoln's official designation of the day was also meant to give a day of reprieve and peace during the Civil War. Show More Summary

An Emancipation Proclamation redux?

To the editor: Bruce Ackerman left out a very important fact about the Emancipation Proclamation: Abraham Lincoln issued his order at a time of war in his role as commander in chief. While not his only justification, Lincoln meant to free the slaves in part so they could fight the rebelling...

Ackerman: Obama's Executive Amnesty Is Like the Emancipation Proclamation

Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi compared President Barack Obama's declaration of executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens to President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Yale constitutional scholar Bruce Ackerman does the same. Show More Summary

Like the Emancipation Proclamation, Obama's order forces democracy

Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation provides the foundational precedent for President Obama's executive order on immigrants in the country illegally.

Repairs finished on Gettysburg’s Lincoln Address Memorial

Just in time for the 151st anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg on Nov. 19, an unusual memorial honoring President Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech there was recently repaired. The Lincoln Address Memorial is one of the few memorials in the world honoring a speech. Read full article >>

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Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abraham Lincoln

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. - more character and location details

- when aliens attack Earth, President Abraham Lincoln assembles an elite team of heroes - this includes 19th and 20th century literary characters - locations include Buckingham Palace locations such as a courtyard, an entrance hall,Show More Summary

Nancy Pelosi: 'The Emancipation Proclamation Was an Executive Order'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi argues President Barack Obama has ample authority to take executive actions as many presidents before him have done, including President Abraham Lincoln. “Does the public know the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order?” Pelosi asked reporters Thursday. Show More Summary

On This Day: ‘A New Birth of Freedom’

On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Today in Media History: Reporters describe Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, various newspapers, magazines, and even the AP wire service reported on President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. President Lincoln was not the featured speaker at the November 19th dedication of the National...Show More Summary

Lincoln Square's Gideon Welles gets bar food right

Artistic renderings of the stern-looking Gideon Welles, Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, decorate the walls and menus at Gideon Welles Craft Beer Bar and Kitchen. The space looks much like it did when it was occupied by 42 Degrees...Show More Summary

Rand Paul Writes Foreword For Confederate Apologist And 9-11 Truther's New Book

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote the foreword for a new book from Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano has promoted 9-11 conspiracy theories, attacked President Abraham Lincoln, and defended a former Paul aide...Show More Summary

Death and Robert Todd Lincoln

2 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

Abraham Lincoln's eldest son, Robert, is the subject of a grim coincidence in American history: He's the only person known to have been present or nearby at the assassinations of three American presidents. Read the rest

Lincoln’s Origins, Beyond the Log Cabin

Braydon Denney as Abe Lincoln in The Better Angels What hunting vampires and ending slavery—the two activities Abraham Lincoln engaged in onscreen in 2012—have in common is that both seem far beyond the capabilities of us mere mortals. Show More Summary

The Complexity Of Famous Writers' Prose, Visualized

These colorful radial graphs show just how complex the writing of William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, and Abraham Lincoln was. A Chromapoem is a new type of visualization by New Orleans-based designer Lola Migas that automatically translates text into beautiful radial graphs that show just how complex a snippet of prose is. Read Full Story

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