The Smithsonian opens one of its prized artifacts and a story unfolds
Great Emancipator or unreconstructed racist? Each generation evokes a different Lincoln. But who was our sixteenth president?
Born on the same day, Lincoln and Darwin would forever influence how people think about the modern world
Two of the world’s greatest modern thinkers are much celebrated, but what did they know of one another?
A self-taught strategist with no combat experience, Abraham Lincoln saw the path to victory more clearly than his generals
Lincoln's timeless speech during the Civil War endures as a national treasure
As soon as the returns were in, the burdens of the presidency weighed upon Abraham Lincoln
Kennedy advisor Ted Sorensen found that of all the U.S. presidents, Lincoln had the best speechwriter—himself
The 1858 debates reframed America's argument about slavery and transformed Lincoln into a presidential contender
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas engaged in pre-debate negotiations in 1858
In 1849, a future president patented an amazing addition to transportation technology
As his army faltered and his cabinet bickered, Lincoln determined that "we must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued." In 1862, he got his chance
The house where the conspirators hatched their heinous plot now serves sushi, and the yard where they were hanged is a tennis court
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
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