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Abraham Lincoln(19 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
The Battle Over Slavery
The Battle Over Slavery(12 Photos)
Explore images of abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and much more as you learn about the battle over slavery in the United States.
Abraham LincolnVideo Clip (3:48)
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Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success.
Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech
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Abraham Lincoln's 1858 "House Divided" speech catapults him into the national consciousness with its bold moral assessment of the future of American slavery.
Civil War's Greatest Myth
Civil War's Greatest MythVideo Clip (2:41)
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What you think you know about the Civil War may not be the whole truth.
America DividedVideo Clip (3:54)
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America is at the brink of a Civil War as cotton spreads west and threatens to expand slavery into new territories.
America and the Civil War
America and the Civil WarVideo Clip (4:04)
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Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.
Civil War in One Word
Civil War in One WordVideo Clip (1:13)
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If you had just one word to describe the Civil War, what would it be?
Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech
Lincoln's Most Pivotal SpeechVideo Clip (3:02)
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Which of President Lincoln's many eloquent speeches was the most important?
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of Independence
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (1:45)
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After the carnage at the Battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln reaffirms his commitment to achieving freedom for all.
John BrownVideo Clip (4:34)
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John Brown's failed attempt to loot the armory at Harper's Ferry sparks the beginning of abolition.
The Abolitionist Movement
The Abolitionist MovementVideo Clip (3:26)
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In the decades before the Civil War, anti-slavery sentiment sparked an abolitionist movement that employed risky and radical tactics to bring an end to slavery.
John Brown's Raid
John Brown's RaidVideo Clip (1:38)
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Although poorly planned and executed, John Brown's raid helped lead the nation into Civil War and made him one of the most controversial men of his day.
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Harriet Tubman and the Underground RailroadVideo Clip (3:07)
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Born a slave, Harriett Tubman became a famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom.
Frederick DouglassVideo Clip (2:25)
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Find out how Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become one of the most respected and effective abolitionist leaders.
Lincoln Issues the Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln Issues the Emancipation ProclamationVideo Clip (2:31)
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The Emancipation Proclamation refocuses the purpose of the Civil War to address the issue of slavery.
Lincoln: An American Icon
Lincoln: An American IconVideo Clip (1:23)
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How did the Civil War transform Lincoln's political philosophy and make his presidency one of the most iconic in history?
The Path to Civil War
The Path to Civil WarVideo Clip (2:25)
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The election of Abraham Lincoln was a tipping point on the path to Civil War. In the wake of Southern secession, would the new president defend the U.S. forts in rebel territory?
Barbara Jordan's Keynote Address
Barbara Jordan's Keynote AddressVideo Clip (2:12)
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An excerpt from Barbara Jordan's keynote speech at the Democratic National Convection. Jordan was the first African-American woman ever elected to Congress from a southern state.
Speeches & Audio (10)
African-Americans Vote in South Carolina
African-Americans Vote in South CarolinaAudio Clip (1:28)
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A report from Charleston, South Carolina, describes heavy voter turnout at the state's primary election on August 10, 1948. For the first time since the Reconstruction era, African-Americans were permitted to vote in a Democratic primary, after a federal judge ruled their exclusion unconstitutional.
Brown v. Board of Education Ruling
Brown v. Board of Education RulingAudio Clip (1:02)
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On May 17, 1954, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered the unanimous ruling against the "separate but equal" mandate and demanded desegregation of schools. Outside the courtroom, the attorneys who argued the Brown v. Board of Education case, James Nabrit Jr., Thurgood Marshall and George Hayes, give a press conference.
Chicago Seven Trial
Chicago Seven TrialAudio Clip (1:39)
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During a press conference on October 14, 1969, Tom Hayden, one of the defendants in the trial of the Chicago Seven, offers his view on prosecutor Thomas Foran's most recent accusations. The Chicago Seven—Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner—were charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot for their participation in the Vietnam War protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term Nomination
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term NominationAudio Clip (2:08)
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Broadcast from a Pacific coast naval base to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, on July 20, 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt accepts his party’s nomination for an unprecedented fourth presidential bid and speaks about postwar preparations now that victory is close at hand.
Reagan and Mondale in 1984 Presidential Debate
Reagan and Mondale in 1984 Presidential DebateAudio Clip (1:15)
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On October 21, 1984, President Ronald Reagan and former Vice President Walter Mondale engage in their second nationally broadcast debate. When Henry Trewhitt of the Baltimore Sun asks the president about his advancing age, Reagan turns the question on its head by promising not to make an issue of his opponent’s youth and inexperience.
Nixon Reelected to Presidency
Nixon Reelected to PresidencyAudio Clip (1:03)
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On November 7, 1972, incumbent President Richard Nixon won a second term in a landslide victory over Democrat George McGovern. In a brief statement from the Oval Office, President Nixon promises to bring "peace with honor" in Vietnam and to usher in a "new era of peace" with the Soviet Union.
Lyndon Johnson Rebukes Adam Clayton Powell
Lyndon Johnson Rebukes Adam Clayton PowellAudio Clip (2:29)
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In a heated telephone conversation on March 1, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson accuses Adam Clayton Powell of holding up the passage of an education bill.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth Inaugural Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (6:22)
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With the country at war at the start of his unprecedented fourth term as president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers a short and somber inaugural address at a simple ceremony without a parade or ball on January 20, 1945.
Reagan and Carter in 1980 Presidential Debate
Reagan and Carter in 1980 Presidential DebateAudio Clip (1:06)
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Held on October 28, 1980, the debate between former California governor Ronald Reagan and incumbent President Jimmy Carter covers the issues of inflation, the energy crisis and terrorism. In his closing statement, Reagan makes an impact when he poses this question: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?"
Senator Nixon Takes Tough Stand on Communism
Senator Nixon Takes Tough Stand on CommunismAudio Clip (0:56)
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As a candidate for vice president, Sen. Richard Nixon delivers a speech at a political rally in Sanford, Maine, on September 3, 1952, and promises that he will take care of the communist problem plaguing the federal government.
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