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