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Abraham Lincoln and the two 13th Amendments

December 14, 2012 By Malcolm Lazin

Malcolm Lazin from the Equality Forum looks at Abraham Lincoln's connection to a proposed Constitutional amendment that would have legalized slavery in the South, four years before he fought for a 13th amendment that banned it.

Tax holiday inspired by freedom

April 16, 2012 By Harold Holzer

Americans are enjoying a brief tax holiday this year–filings are not due until April 17–and credit for the postponement goes to an unexpected hero: none other than Abraham Lincoln.

Federalism in 1868 and 2012

April 9, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

Like the issue of civil rights in the 1860s and ‘70s, healthcare in 2012 has become the terrain upon which the battle over centralized power is being fought.

Rally ‘Round the Flag

February 22, 2012 By Sandy Mackenzie Lloyd

For two years, black men had tried to enlist in the US Army to help win the battle against slavery. At last they could, in the brand new United States Colored Troops.

The Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln…or Martin Luther King, Jr.?

February 20, 2012 By Malcolm Lazin

In the fictional “Killing Lincoln,” Bill O’Reilly touts Lincoln as our best president. In part, that accolade is based on the perception of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.

By the numbers: belated and potential amendments

February 15, 2012 By Paige Scofield

Working at the National Constitution Center, the Constitution Daily writers all pay probably more attention to news items relating to the Constitution than most folks. So when this story came to our attention last month, we were fascinated by Maryland’s belated attention to the 17th Amendment.

This week and the Constitution: Gay marriage, relevance and killer whales

February 10, 2012 By Holly Munson

Here’s a brief look at the top constitutional news stories and commentaries from this week.

Conversation: Emancipation Proclamation [VIDEO]

February 6, 2012 By NCC Staff

Exhibit Developer Sarah Winski and Registrar Stephanie Weiner share insights and information about the National Constitution Center's rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln.

Why is Feb. 1 designated as National Freedom Day?

January 31, 2012 By Matthew Pinsker

The story of this unknown holiday begins with a bit of presidential trivia but soon turns into a fascinating tale about a most extraordinary slave-turned-citizen.

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