Jun 19

Juneteenth: An Important Celebration

Posted 10 months, 3 days ago.


Juneteenth marks the days in 1865 when the Union Army brought news of emancipation to African Americans in one of the farthest corners of the Confederate States.

May 9

Drew Gilpin Faust on the Civil War: The work of death

Posted 1 year, 11 months ago.


Even though “we all have our dead,” and even though we all die, we do so differently from generation to generation and from place to place.

Apr 16

Tax holiday inspired by freedom

Posted 2 years, 0 months ago.


Americans are enjoying a brief tax holiday this year–filings are not due until April 17–and credit for the postponement goes to an unexpected hero: none other than Abraham Lincoln.

Apr 13

The Contents of Lincoln’s Pockets

Posted 2 years, 0 months ago.


A visitor to the Library of Congress can choose to examine any of over 123,000,000 books, newspapers, maps, photographs, prints, pieces of sheet music, sound recordings, and manuscripts.

Feb 20

Two cheers for the presidency

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago.


As America remembers her greatest presidents, it’s worth reflecting on the presidency itself, both to celebrate its glories and to ponder its glitches.