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CATEGORY: Abraham Lincoln
Why We Pay Taxes
April 16, 2018

Since 1950, individual income taxes have been the primary source of revenue for the U.S. federal government. Read More

Mary Todd Lincoln Became a Laughingstock After Her Husband’s Assassination
April 13, 2018

After President Lincoln's death, the First Lady's public grieving was seen as evidence that she was an improper woman. Read More

The Things George Washington Worried About are Happening Today
February 16, 2018

The fears he raised about the future of the nation—including excessive debt, hyper-partisanship and foreign interference in elections—were remarkably prescient. Read More

Presidential Portraits that Pop
February 12, 2018

Here are the back stories to some of the most intriguing presidential renderings. Read More

Could Compromise Have Prevented the Civil War?
October 31, 2017

It’s not as if Congress didn’t try. Read More

Which Famous Figure Had the Biggest Public Funeral?
August 31, 2017

The history of public weeping after the deaths of celebrities. Read More

History Faceoff: Who Was the Greatest President—Washington or Lincoln?
February 15, 2017

As Presidents' Day approaches, two preeminent historians join the enduring debate about whether George Washington or Abraham Lincoln was America’s greatest president. Read More

Upcoming Auction Spans 200 Years of U.S. History
May 23, 2016

The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, both signed by Abraham Lincoln, are the most significant among an impressive array of historic documents going up for auction this week. Read More

Irish Brigade Letter Penned by Lincoln Up for Bid
March 17, 2016

A letter written by Abraham Lincoln requesting promotions for two officers of the famed Irish Brigade will be auctioned off this St. Patrick’s Day. Read More

7 Historical Figures Posthumously Diagnosed with Illnesses
February 11, 2016

From Michelangelo’s arthritis to Abraham Lincoln’s depression, learn the stories behind seven historical figures who may have suffered from undiagnosed physical ailments. Read More