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The Party of Lincoln

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 to combat the extension of slavery into the Kansas and Nebraska territories. Abraham Lincoln was elected as the first Republican president in 1860. The party was comprised of on northern whites, businessmen, factory workers and African Americans. Until FDR’s New Deal brought jobs during the Great Depression and


An epidemic: black on black crime in Newark and beyond

Nationwide demonstrations have been held by groups enraged over the Zimmerman shooting and the “stand your ground defense law.” The law permits the use of deadly force in the face of non-deadly threats. Efforts to repeal state laws that provide for the “stand your ground” and similar defenses deserve high priority.


The president comes into his own

Walter Lee Younger, the fictional character from Chicago, in Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed play ‘‘A Raisin in the Sun’’ is beset by an identity crisis and financial woes. In many respects his manhood and legacy are at stake. The white citizens of a Chicago suburb offer him money not to move his family into their neighborhood.