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American politician and 16th president of the United States

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Abraham Lincoln: American politician and 16th president of the United States
Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 to 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country's greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy.


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Donald Trump boasts he's the best president for Black Americans since Abe Lincoln. But are Black lives really better under his administration?
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'Abraham Lincoln here': Joe Biden jabs Donald Trump for comparing himself to 16th president during debate exchange

Trump has a history of comparing himself to Lincoln. But after a jab from Biden, Trump clarified, "I didn't say 'I'm Abraham Lincoln.'"
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The demonstrations highlighted a mass execution overseen by President Lincoln and also targeted Theodore Roosevelt.
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A lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair, wrapped in a bloodstained telegram received on the night of his 1865 assassination, is up for sale. The bushy lock of hair was removed during Lincoln's postmortem..
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Story time: Republican National Convention re-imagines Donald Trump as kind and fair

Black and Hispanic speakers at the Republican convention are trying to paint Donald Trump as the second coming of Abraham Lincoln. Good luck with that.
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Civil rights icon John Lewis will lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda, his casket resting on the same wooden platform used for Abraham Lincoln.
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President Donald Trump hit back Wednesday at Democratic rival Joe Biden's comments that Trump is the first "racist" president, saying he has done more than any other to help Black Americans "with the..
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Lincoln deserves statues but the Emancipation Memorial misleads on him and Black history

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DC protesters criticize Emancipation Memorial

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What is Juneteenth 2020, the holiday marking the end of US slavery?

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Sorry, Abe Lincoln Is Not on the Ballot

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In “Every Drop of Blood,” Edward Achorn addresses sweeping issues about the Civil War and the precarious state of America through the president’s 1865 inaugural speech.
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Before March for Life, Betsy DeVos stirs controversy by comparing abortion rights, slavery

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Doris Kearns Goodwin on the qualities of an effective leader

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U.S. aircraft carrier strike group sails through Strait of Hormuz

The U.S. aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln sailed through the vital Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, the U.S. Navy said, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States.
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Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on "cutting the past some slack"

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Cindy McCain says there is no 'voice of reason' in GOP, nearly a year after John McCain's death

Cindy McCain says the current Republican Party is "not the party of Abraham Lincoln ... nor the party of Ronald Reagan," and is issuing a call for more civility in Washington and across the country.
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Republican activist who ran for Congress: Trump stole my party and my heart is breaking.

Trump has transformed the party of Lincoln into a racist, nationalist movement that divides and destroys. And silent Republicans are letting him do it.
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The act was signed by Abraham Lincoln 155 years ago on June 30, 1864. Yosemite became a national park in 1890.
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Abraham Lincoln’s Leap From a Window, and 4 Other Ways Lawmakers Have Fled Votes

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President Donald Trump says in a TV interview that no other president, not even Abraham Lincoln, has been as mistreated by the press as he has.
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