Photo Of The Day: See Abraham Lincoln Like Never Before — In Vivid, Rich Color

Colorized Photo Abraham Lincoln

February, 1865. Image Source: Dana R. Keller

With Donald Trump closing in on 1 million Instagram followers (both Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are not too far behind) and The Washington Post dubbing this year’s presidential race “the first Instagram election,” it’s getting more and more difficult to think back to a time when photography didn’t hold tremendous power in politics.

Some 200 years ago (before photography even resembling that which we know today was invented), none of this was an issue. But by the mid-19th century, with photography still a novelty for most Americans, Abraham Lincoln swept in and took advantage of the nascent form.

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Photo Of The Day: The Bloody Massacre That Changed American Crime Forever

Valentines Day Massacre

The bloody massacre of seven men has gone down in history as one of Chicago’s most notorious murders — The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Today, people have the option to celebrate Valentine’s Day with loved ones, or to celebrate not having a significant other, or even to protest against the garish commercialism that has come to represent the holiday. But in 1929, Valentine’s Day was the bloody climax of Chicago’s notorious gang war between George “Bugs” Moran and the infamous Al Capone.

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The Lincoln “Curse”: The Tragic Fates Of Those In The President’s Booth The Night Of His Assassination

Lincoln Curse Assassination

A depiction of Lincoln’s assassination Image Source: Wikipedia

If you took U.S. History in high school, you know that on April 14th, 1865 Abraham Lincoln was shot by a man named John Wilkes Booth while attending the theatre with his wife. Top-hat wearing, emancipation-declaring Honest Abe left behind an enduring legacy — but what you weren’t taught was that the events surrounding that fateful night were downright spooky.

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Was Abraham Lincoln Our First Gay President?

It’s a persistent rumor, and one that has some basis in historical fact: Was Abraham Lincoln gay?

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A color portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Image Source: YouTube

Abraham Lincoln was such a pivotal figure in American history that he’s inspired a field of scholarship devoted to him alone. Serious historians with advanced degrees have spent their whole professional lives poring over the most minute details of Lincoln’s life. Few of us would fare well under that level of scrutiny, and every few years a new theory arrives that supposedly explains this or that unresolved question about the man who was arguably America’s greatest president.

Scholars have debated whether Abraham Lincoln — whose birthday is today — suffered from a host of physical ailments, whether or not he was clinically depressed, and — perhaps most intriguingly to some — if he was gay…

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