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A House Divided: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

Historians to discuss Lincoln’s religion at Washington church

Abraham Lincoln’s religious beliefs are not well known, mainly because he said little on the subject, but he did occasionally attend services at St. John’s Church across Lafayette Park from the White House. On a Sunday before his inauguration he...

By Linda Wheeler  | February 12, 2011; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video: Remembering the Civil War at the Willard InterContinental Hotel

To commemorate the 150th annviersary of the Peace Conference of 1861, Civil War historians gathered at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. Actor Stephen Lang reenacted President Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address as part of the event....

By Nancy Kerr  | February 11, 2011; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Video: Local kids recite Lincoln's farewell address

Students at the Davis Elementary School in Washington, D.C. read Lincoln's 1861 Farewell Address as part of a worldwide event to break the Guinness World Record for most people reading aloud from the same document simultaneously. The event was organized...

By Nancy Kerr  | February 11, 2011; 9:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tweeting the Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected C.S.A president

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. Follow us. Twitter recap from week one: Showdown in Charleston Week two:...

By Mary Hadar  | February 11, 2011; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Focus on Lincoln to continue during sesquicentennial

In 2009 there was a year-long party to celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, an effort led by the congressionally-created Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The public celebration of the 16th president will continue for another four years during...

By Linda Wheeler  | February 10, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  150th anniversary, Events, Re-enactments  | Tags:  willard hotel  
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Prestigious Lincoln Prize goes to Eric Foner

Prominent historian Eric Foner will receive the 2011 $50,000 Lincoln Prize for his book, “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery” according to an announcement this morning by prize sponsors Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American...

By Linda Wheeler  | February 10, 2011; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Waite Rawls: Was there a better choice for C.S.A. president than Jefferson Davis?

America has had a number of war-time generals who later became President, but no U. S. President has ever been better qualified to be a war-time Commander-in-Chief than Jefferson Davis. ...

By Waite Rawls  | February 7, 2011; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Craig Symonds: Was there a better choice for C.S.A. president than Jefferson Davis?

Moreover, Davis had an impeccable pedigree—especially for a society engaged in war. He was a West Point graduate, a hero of the Mexican War, a former Secretary of War, and a former chairman of the Senate Military Affairs committee. It would be hard to find anyone with a better resume as a war president. ...

By Craig Symonds  | February 7, 2011; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dennis Frye: Was there a better choice for C.S.A. president than Jefferson Davis?

The Confederacy needed a moderate -- one who was practical, not perfunctory; a diplomat, not a zealot; a statesman, not a bellower. Davis possessed these qualifications. ...

By Dennis Frye  | February 7, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John Marszalek: Was there a better choice for C.S.A. president than Jefferson Davis?

Historian Rembert Patrick once wrote that: “The Confederacy chose as its President its most suitable citizen and he did everything in his power to establish its independence.” ...

By John Marszalek  | February 7, 2011; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gary Gallagher: Was there a better choice for C.S.A. president than Jefferson Davis?

In fact, there was no better choice. ...No other southern leader in 1860 possessed his combination of public stature and military, administrative, and political accomplishment.

By Gary Gallagher  | February 7, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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