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Our nation's 16th president is often viewed as a man who was above politics, but in the first book of his multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal says Lincoln was intensely ambitious, a political genius who held aspirations from his earliest years.

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A rare copy of the 13th Amendment is now on display at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 

Director of Museum Experiences Richard Cooper says this particular copy was originally owned by Schuyler Colfax, who was the Speaker of the House when the amendment was drafted.

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A signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation will be on display at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center starting Friday.

Freedom Center president Clarence Newsome says Friday is the 150th anniversary of Emancipation Day, also known as Juneteenth.

Dr. Gary Zola, executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion here in Cincinnati, joins our Anne Arenstein to discuss the new book he edited, We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History.

  During a time when the country was bitterly divided over the issue of slavery, the newspapers of the Civil War era frequently crossed the line that separates politics from journalism. It was a period when partisanship was enthusiastically embraced and readers often aligned themselves with party newspapers as eagerly as they aligned themselves with political parties.