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'The Conspirator': The Sundance Kid Revisits the Civil Warnew

For proof that the world of movies makes strange bedfellows, look no further than The Conspirator, Robert Redford's Civil War historical drama, produced by the American Film Company, about the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865.
East Bay Express  |  Kelly Vance  |  04-13-2011  |  Reviews

Searching for Meaning in the Overly Sanitized Myth of Thanksgivingnew

If you think Plymouth Rock was a crock, you might be onto something. The Thanksgiving story is full of inconsistencies and overblown mythology. We journeyed to southeastern Massachusetts to see if we could set the record straight.
Boston Phoenix  |  Greg Cook  |  11-30-2009  |  Culture

It's Time to Reread Gore Vidal's Enduring Lincolnnew

A reappraisal of Gore Vidal's 1984 novel about the 16th president, in his bicentennial year.
INDY Week  |  Douglas Vuncannon  |  02-05-2009  |  Fiction

Lincoln's Banking Crisis and Obama'snew

The parallels between Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln are many, but is there anything in the Lincoln lore to help Obama cope with the raging financial crisis and global economic meltdown he's facing as he takes office? Absolutely there is.
INDY Week  |  Bob Geary  |  02-05-2009  |  Economy

Man and Myth: The Flood of Lincoln Books Goes Onnew

The 11 essays Eric Foner has gathered attempt to wrestle from the mists of history and hagiography a balanced picture of the man who is almost certainly America's most sacred martyr: a sad-eyed, dour man in a stovepipe hat and beard that every schoolchild knows saved the country a long time ago.
INDY Week  |  Gerry Canavan  |  02-05-2009  |  Nonfiction

'Slavery by Another Name' Examines Post-Civil War Convict Labornew

Douglas Blackmon argues -- passionately, forcefully and convincingly -- that by any measure, blacks in the states of the former Confederacy saw their freedom so warped and constrained in the decades after the Civil War that the overwhelming majority were not in any meaningful way free.
The Texas Observer  |  Todd Moye  |  12-17-2008  |  Nonfiction

'Being Lincoln' Explores Subculture Where Everyone is Abe Lincolnnew

In his lighthearted documentary, Elvis Wilson delves into a nationwide subculture of men who dress, re-create and comport themselves at public appearances as Lincoln.
Nashville Scene  |  Jim Ridley  |  11-14-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Andrew Ferguson Takes a Fresh Look at Abe Lincolnnew

Yes, parts of Land of Lincoln may seem flip, shallow, not fully informed -- but there is considerably more here to admire than to denigrate.
Illinois Times  |  Jacqueline Jackson  |  07-21-2008  |  Nonfiction

On the Difficulties of Outing the Deadnew

The media is inconsistent in its decisions about whether to mention the sexuality of the gay departed. Witness the New York Times' hypocritical reticence regarding writer Susan Sontag.
New York Press  |  Michelangelo Signorile  |  01-27-2005  |  Commentary

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