Opinion

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Lincoln, Obama and the sweep of history

With a stroke of a pen the Union government outlawed the enslavement of 4 million people. The truth was that the war was not going well for the North and they had to pass the Emancipation Proclamation in order to win.

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The Second Amendment and racism

The Second Amendment continues to provide cover for racism just as its original intent was to protect slavery.

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Systemic violence and mass shootings

While we mourn the victims of the heinous shootings in Newtown, Conn., it is important to pause for a moment to reflect on what this violence means.

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Blood and citizenship: Black soldiers and the 4th of July

As we celebrate Independence Day, it is worth remembering how important documents are to us - and where the authority for those documents comes from.

The Civil War, our fiery trial

150 years ago today, the first shots of the American Civil War were fired.

Coming to terms with the Confederacy

Some groups want to remember the Confederacy "the right way." Whatever can they mean?

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Lincoln's fiery trial was America's too

Book review: Eric Foner's "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery."

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“Gone with the Wind” days in Virginia

In the 2006 Senate election in Virginia, incumbent Republican George Allen was defeated by Democrat Jim Webb after undergoing what is called here his "macaca moment."