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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass: Bookends Of A Great American Life

Douglass, striking in appearance and speech, became the first public speaker to tell the story of American slavery from personal experience. After his spellbinding oratory on Nantucket Island, Douglass became a sensation on the anti-slavery circuit.

March 11, 2017
Trump, Supreme Court

Trumping Judicial Review

Given the hard-right boundary-pushing of this White House, there is good reason to expect that the administration will press, subvert, and ignore the Court as it deems necessary, daring the House to draw up articles of impeachment in order to maintain checks and balances in Washington.

March 1, 2017
Lincoln, Trump

5 Lessons Trump Could Learn From Lincoln

If Trump continues to appeal to fear and narrow self-interest rather than forge a vision rooted in shared values and aspirations – as did Lincoln, FDR, and Reagan – his presidency will fail and the country will suffer. Here again he should listen to Lincoln, who appealed to “the better angels of our nature” in the face of secession and imminent war.

February 18, 2017
Cartoon: Trump trashes Lincoln bust for one of Stalin

Cartoon: Twain And Trump

Trump trashes bust of Lincoln, replacing the Great Emancipator with a less savory Russian figure.

December 16, 2016
What happened to Americans' sense of humor

Whatever Happened To Americans’ Sense of Humor?

Whatever happened to the clever retort? Whatever happened to the smart rejoinder? Perhaps we lost our ability to laugh during the recent campaign because we didn’t find ourselves to be funny. One of the nominees was a dangerously crazy man. Scarier than Trump himself was that so many Americans found him acceptable.

November 8, 2016

Visiting The Gallery Of Vice Presidents — Yes, They Do Matter

When the Veep steers the ship, at times it’s right into the rocks. Whatever your political party, remember Sarah Palin, the unserious pick made by John McCain, the elderly 2008 Republican standard-bearer.

October 7, 2016
Trump minority outreach

Trump Calls Democrats ‘Party Of Slavery’ In Minority Outreach Effort

Republican Donald Trump on Tuesday night called Democrats the “party of slavery” and praised what he called the millions of African Americans with career success, as he tries to revamp his outreach to minority voters.

August 31, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the Detroit Economic Club at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Abraham Lincoln Would Have Recognized The Con Man Trump

As a politician, Lincoln refuted the spurious arguments of the most cunning and ruthless men of his time, down to the notion that slavery was “liberty.” While Lincoln was familiar with every species of charlatan, he drew a distinction between mere frauds, who sometimes bemused him, and dangerous demagogues.

August 14, 2016

Ghosts Of History: Why America Recoils From Donald Trump

Listening to Trump assume the leadership of the Republican Party, a degrading event compared to death by many Republicans, inevitably brought thoughts of that party’s founding president.

July 22, 2016

Conservatives Lie About History To Exonerate Conscience

This one’s for John. He’s a reader who took issue with my recent column arguing that conservatism has become an angry and incoherent mess.

April 17, 2016

Blumenthal’s New Book Reads A President Well — And Gives A Fair Shake To His Wife

It’s high Lincoln season, bittersweet as it can be in remembrance of the slain Civil War president. Into the spring mix, noted author and journalist Sidney Blumenthal brings a breathtaking new view of Abraham Lincoln in his forthcoming book

April 15, 2016

The Hurting City: A House Divided

Unrest on the streets of Baltimore is a tale told over again in American history. The Civil War’s first blood was spilled there in a scene that foreshadowed the racial reckoning the nation witnessed this week.

May 1, 2015

The Homicide That Darkened American History

This Wednesday marked the 150th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln assassination. He was the Civil War’s last casualty.

April 17, 2015

After 150 Years, Dixie Still A Place Apart

Twice now the rest of the country has imposed change on the South, made it do what it did not want to do: extend basic human rights to those it had systematically brutalized and oppressed.

April 5, 2015

Lincoln Library Workers Strive To Put More Documents About Abe Online

Every detail, no matter how small, from Lincoln’s life is being preserved online.

February 21, 2015

The Lion Of Liberalism: Remembering Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015

When I met Mario Cuomo in the summer of 1978, he was already a celebrated public figure, if not yet a political powerhouse. We were at the Democratic state convention in Albany, where I was reporting for the Village Voice, and he was pondering an offer from New York governor Hugh Carey, then seeking re-election, to […]

January 2, 2015

Like Lincoln, Obama Issues Democracy-Enhancing Order

How the president’s immigration order is a modern-day Emancipation Proclamation.

November 25, 2014

WATCH: Jon Meacham Offers The Worst Criticism Of Obama’s Executive Orders

During a Thursday morning appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham offered an incredibly silly criticism of President Obama’s plan to use executive orders to advance his agenda, when he picked two of the worst possible examples to “prove” his point that such a move would be unprecedented. “We make fun of […]

January 30, 2014