In 1861-65, Americans waged a war among themselves that remains the bloodiest in U.S. history. It began as a fight to preserve the Union but morphed into an abolitionist war to free 4 million men, women and children from bondage.
In 1865, former slaves first heard the broken promise that they would receive "40 acres and a mule" to start their new lives. Now, 150 years later, the movement seeking compensation and healing for the slaves' descendants is coming back to life.In 1865, ex-slaves were promised "40 acres and a mule." Now, 150 years later, the movement to win compensation for their descendants has returned, with a focus on healing.
A look at the day's political happenings, including the House vote on the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night and President Obama marks the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous presidential proclamations. (UPDATED)
It's either a grand testimonial to the staying power of Abraham Lincoln's legacy or a subtle put-down of his many successors, but, regardless, a survey of 65 historians conducted by C-SPAN found that Honest Abe still prevails when it comes to perception of his presidential prowess.