Great Emancipator or unreconstructed racist? Each generation evokes a different Lincoln. But who was our sixteenth president?
February 2009 | By Philip B. Kunhardt III
Born on the same day, Lincoln and Darwin would forever influence how people think about the modern world
February 2009 | By Adam Gopnik
Two of the world’s greatest modern thinkers are much celebrated, but what did they know of one another?
January 22, 2009 | By Laura Helmuth, Mark Strauss and Terence Monmaney
A self-taught strategist with no combat experience, Abraham Lincoln saw the path to victory more clearly than his generals
January 2009 | By James M. McPherson
Lincoln's timeless speech during the Civil War endures as a national treasure
December 2008 | By Owen Edwards
Kennedy advisor Ted Sorensen found that of all the U.S. presidents, Lincoln had the best speechwriter—himself
October 2008 | By Theodore C. Sorensen
The 1858 debates reframed America's argument about slavery and transformed Lincoln into a presidential contender
September 2008 | By Fergus M. Bordewich
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas engaged in pre-debate negotiations in 1858.
September 01, 2008 | By Smithsonian.com
In 1849, a future president patented an ingenious addition to transportation technology.
October 2006 | By Owen Edwards
As his army faltered and his cabinet bickered, Abraham Lincoln determined that "we must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued." In 1862, he finally got his chance
January 2006 | By Doris Kearns Goodwin
In a new book, Historian Ronald C. White, Jr., explains why Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, given just weeks before he died, was his greatest speech
April 2002 | By Ronald C. White, Jr.