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    Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue

    If you want to assess the state of humility among politicians today, just think about how often you hear leaders admit that they are wrong and then change course. This is how Dr. David J. Bobb of Hillsdale College, speaking at a Heritage event, framed the topic of his new … More

    Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, and Religious Freedom

    Religious freedom is as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and pumpkin pie. From 1621, when the Pilgrims arrived in the New World, to 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared it a federal holiday, thanking God and practicing religion were of paramount importance. Nearly 400 years after that First … More

    Is Our Government Still "Of the People"?

    Seven score and 10 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the greatest speech in American history. Standing on the bloodied battlefield of Gettysburg, Lincoln urged the fractured nation to dedicate itself to the “unfinished work” of the battle. In only 10 sentences—272 words in all—he made clear the far-reaching implications of … More

    50 Years After Kennedy Assassination, New Book Offers Gripping Details

    Fifty years ago this month, Lee Harvey Oswald set out to make history. Conspiracy theorists say Oswald was used by the mob and that the plan to kill President John F. Kennedy had been long thought-out. But according to historian James Swanson: “He didn’t have a plan. He wasn’t stalking … More

    Is the Gettysburg Address the Greatest Speech in American History?

    A mere 272 words, how could President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address be perhaps the most famous American speech? In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address next week, Allen Guelzo, Civil War historian and professor at Gettysburg College, visited Heritage to tell us why Lincoln’s speech is, in fact, so famous. “No … More

    Sustaining American Freedom

    It would be virtually impossible to market a product in the United States today unless you could call it “sustainable.” We want sustainable farming, sustainable packaging, a sustainable environment. Yet nobody talks about the importance of sustaining something far more important: freedom. During a recent address at The Heritage Foundation, … More

    Was Abraham Lincoln Conservative? Rich Lowry Thinks So (VIDEO)

    The liberal media and President Obama tout Abraham Lincoln as an icon for their progressive agenda, but Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, believes otherwise. Lowry sat down with Heritage to talk about his new book, Lincoln Unbound, and explained why he thinks Lincoln’s life exemplifies conservative principles. “If you just take what he … More

    The Legend of Abraham Lincoln: Fact or Fiction?

    Representative Joe Courtney (D–CT) recently penned an open letter to the man who wrote the movie Lincoln. The film depicts a divided Connecticut state congressional delegation, with three members voting to uphold slavery. Courtney declares that cannot stand. He clarifies that, in 1865, Connecticut’s representatives voted unanimously to abolish slavery. … More

    Presidential Speeches Quiz: Who Said It?

    Barack Obama has compared himself to many Presidents. First he ran as Abraham Lincoln reincarnated. He even appealed to the spirit of Ronald Reagan. Then he tried to govern like Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). He campaigned for re-election as Harry Truman running against a “do-nothing” Congress. He’s been to Osawatomie, … More

    Top 10 Heritage Images of 2012

    Instagram sold for $1 billion in April, remarkable news for a company that wasn’t even around two years earlier. Meanwhile, sites like Pinterest and Tumblr blossomed. What do they have in common? Images. From pop culture to political campaigns, images helped define 2012. Heritage embarked on a campaign of its own … More