President Obama spoke at the Lincoln Memorial Thursday to celebrate the former president's 200th birthday, praising his ability to bridge deep divides and bring unity to a fractured nation. Historians mull Lincoln's legacy and its relevance today.
Jesse J. Holland, author of "Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African American History in and around Washington, D.C." reflects on the poignancy of Barack Obama's inauguration in a city that was built partially by slaves.
Prominent civil rights folk singer Odetta died at 77 from heart disease at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital Tuesday. The NewsHour remembers the Grammy-nominated artist and her influence on fellow musicians.
Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt both took office during times of crisis, and their leadership may provide President-elect Barack Obama with some insight into the road ahead. Authors with new biographies of Lincoln and FDR examine what Mr.
In 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Loving v. Virginia that laws against interracial marriage were unconstitutional. Mildred Loving, a black woman married to a white man, had been prosecuted under one such Virginia law in 1958…
On the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, a look back at excerpts from the civil rights leader's famed 1963 speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
The first settlers arrived at Jamestown in Virginia 400 years ago and established the first permanent English colony in America. The NewsHour reports on archeologists' efforts to uncover the settlement's past.
England's Queen Elizabeth II visits the historical settlement of Jamestown Friday to mark the 400th anniversary of the town's founding. Three historians discuss the settlement's significance and how views of its history have changed over time.
Although slavery was abolished in New York City in 1827, residents remained divided on the issue through the Civil War. NewsHour correspondent Gwen Ifill talks with historian James Horton about slavery's impact on the future of New York.
Essayist Clarence Page reflects on Uncle Tom's Cabin, the classic novel and the historic landmark.
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