Abraham Lincoln


Cross-Post: NAACP Cites Tea Party Blog Post as Further Proof of Racism

Posted by David Knowles, writer at AOL News Surge Desk: (July 16) — The war of words between the NAACP and members of the tea party movement is not dying down. After the venerable civil rights organization passed a formal … Continued


Fourth of July Then and Now

When I was growing up in a small town in Illinois during the Eisenhower administration, Fourth of July was pure and simple: the children decorated our bikes and tricycles with red, white, and blue crepe paper to ride around the … Continued


Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching

We don’t know our own history. I aced the mandatory eighth grade Illinois Civics class in 1960, by repeating what I had been taught about Abraham Lincoln. But I was not taught about Ida B. Wells, the African-American journalist who … Continued


On Lincoln and the Enduring Struggle for Racial Justice

By the time Abraham Lincoln arrived in my home town of Alton, Illinois to wrap up the grueling 1858 Senate debates with Stephen Douglas his position on slavery had become clearer. Alton was a town in the middle of the … Continued



“He entered upon the canvass with a reputation confined to his own state. He closes it with his name a household word wherever the principles he holds are honored and with the respect of his opponents in all sections of … Continued

The Abraham Lincoln Brigades’ Biggest Victory

This week, over seventy years ago, American men and women formed the Abraham Lincoln Brigades to stand against the political ideology of fascism in Spain. On January 6, 1937 over 2,500 U.S. volunteers left behind their homes and friends to … Continued


The Coming Year of Complex Intersections

As anticipation surges for January 20th and the possibilities for an Obama Administration, short-term solutions to long-standing problems dance illusively and elusively before our eyes: we did not get to this precipice overnight and we will not get off of … Continued