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Life After Lincoln

Seven days after Lincoln was shot, an editorial appeared in the Post that reflected the North’s dwindling hope for a quick and merciful reconciliation with... More

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‘I Saw Lee Surrender’

Seth M. Flint, an 18-year-old bugler with the Union Army, was present at the truce ending the Civil War. In 1940, Flint, the last living... More

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Selma and the Fight to Vote

Last year, voter turnout reached an ultimate low. But just 50 years ago Americans were willing to die to get their names on the voter... More

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Whither Free Speech

The right of personal expression is the spine, perhaps the entire skeleton, of democracy. Is this fundamental American freedom under attack?... More

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World Views on Freedom of Speech

Response to this tragedy has drawn questions and comments about freedom of speech from cartoonists to world leaders, from scholars to op-ed journalists.... More

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Malcolm X in the Post

When the Post released an excerpt from political activist Malcolm X’s autobiography in 1964, readers were shocked.... More

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Freedom of Speech

The deadly January 7 attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo has sparked worldwide debate on freedom of speech.... More

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The War on Polio

The global campaign is on the brink of polio eradication. Can the lessons learned help us tackle Ebola? ... More

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The Cuban Conundrum

Travel 90 miles south of Florida, 50-100 years into the past: Reports from the war-torn island in 1898, and from Castro's Cuba in 1963.... More

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Romancing the Robber

More than 100 years ago, Al Jennings was touted as a gallant, free-spirited hero who happened to be a professional criminal. He was probably none... More

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