1. Historian Bruce Levine explores the destruction of the old South and the reunified country that emerged from the Civil War in his new book, The Fall of the House of Dixie. He says one result of the Emancipation Proclamation was a flood of black men from the South into the Union Army:

"By the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 black men had served in either the Union army or the Union navy, and that alone was an enormous military assistance to the Union at a time when volunteering had fallen drastically and when there was a great deal of hostility to the draft. So these 200,000 men significantly contributed to giving the Union army the volume, the bulk, the size that they needed to cope with their Confederate opponents, and that gave the union the power, ultimately, to overwhelm the opposition."

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    Historian Bruce Levine explores the destruction of the old South and the reunified country that emerged from the Civil War in his new book, The Fall of the House of Dixie. He says one result of the Emancipation Proclamation was a flood of black men from the South into the Union Army:

    "By the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 black men had served in either the Union army or the Union navy, and that alone was an enormous military assistance to the Union at a time when volunteering had fallen drastically and when there was a great deal of hostility to the draft. So these 200,000 men significantly contributed to giving the Union army the volume, the bulk, the size that they needed to cope with their Confederate opponents, and that gave the union the power, ultimately, to overwhelm the opposition."

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  1. Totally mesmerizing: Biopic actors and their real life counterparts

    Daniel Day-Lewis/ Lincoln

    Bob Dylan/Cate Blanchett

    Frida Kahlo/ Salma Hayek

    Julia Child/ Meryl Streep

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  1. Tony Kushner on Abraham Lincoln’s political genius:

The man was just kind of a miracle worker in terms of finessing almost impossible circumstances and getting a result that he felt that he needed. It was a combination of cunning [and] ruthlessness –- he was sometimes very hard on his friends and asked them to make terrible sacrifices of their own ambitions.

And you can listen to an interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals,” which was a major source for Kushner while writing the screenplay for the new Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln.”
(Photo credit: Joan Marcus-Hores/Dreamworks Pictures and 20th Century Fox)

    Tony Kushner on Abraham Lincoln’s political genius:

    The man was just kind of a miracle worker in terms of finessing almost impossible circumstances and getting a result that he felt that he needed. It was a combination of cunning [and] ruthlessness –- he was sometimes very hard on his friends and asked them to make terrible sacrifices of their own ambitions.

    And you can listen to an interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals,” which was a major source for Kushner while writing the screenplay for the new Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln.”

    (Photo credit: Joan Marcus-Hores/Dreamworks Pictures and 20th Century Fox)

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  1. President Lincoln (Washington Nationals) visits President Lincoln’s Cottage (more about the history of President Lincoln’s Cottage) View in High-Res

    President Lincoln (Washington Nationals) visits President Lincoln’s Cottage (more about the history of President Lincoln’s Cottage)

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  1. Monday: Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves through the Emancipation Proclamation but he didn’t always believe that slaves should be freed. We talk with historian Eric Foner about the evolution of Lincoln’s ideas.
President Abraham Lincoln and Tad Lincoln (by The U.S. National Archives) View in High-Res

    Monday: Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves through the Emancipation Proclamation but he didn’t always believe that slaves should be freed. We talk with historian Eric Foner about the evolution of Lincoln’s ideas.

    President Abraham Lincoln and Tad Lincoln (by The U.S. National Archives)

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  1. Almost from the very beginning of the Civil War, the federal government had to start making policy and they said, ‘Well, we’re going to treat these people as free. We’re not going to send them back into the slave holding regions. And the Army opened itself up to the enlistment of black men. And by the end of the Civil War, 200,000 black men have served in the Union Army and Navy. And envisioning blacks as soldiers is a very, very different idea of their future role in American society. It’s the black soldiers and their role which really begins as the stimulus in Lincoln’s change [with regard to] racial attitudes and attitudes towards America as an inter-racial society in the last two years of his life.

    — Historian Eric Foner, talking about the importance of African-American soldiers joining the Union Army and then changing Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on slavery, during an interview with Terry Gross, October 11, 2010.

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