Abraham Lincoln

St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

What Was It Like To Be Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker?

Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

In the mid-1800s Elizabeth Keckley was a slave living in St. Louis.

As a highly skilled dressmaker, she was eventually able to earn the money to buy her freedom.

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of a new book about Elizabeth Keckley.  She writes about Keckley moving from St. Louis to Washington D.C. and becoming First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Erin Williams talked with Chiaverini about her new book, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.”

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Fiscal Cliff
4:50 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Mo. GOP Divided Over Fiscal Cliff Deal

How did Missouri's representatives vote? Green denotes a vote in favor and blue is against. Representative Sam Graves did not vote.

Congress may have passed a deal to avert the self-inflicted “fiscal cliff” crisis Tuesday night, but you might want to hold off on celebrating. Another gridlock could be here in a couple of months.

Missouri lawmakers were divided on the deal. Missouri’s Democrats joined Republican Senator Roy Blunt and Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer and Jo Ann Emerson in voting in favor of the bill.

Below you can see how Missouri's representatives voted. Both Senator Blunt and McCaskill voted in favor of the deal.

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Features - Mary Surratt retrial
6:30 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Retrial designed to give Lincoln assassination co-conspirator the voice she never had

Ill. appellate judge Thomas Appleton swears in Mary Surratt (Aasne Vigesaa) during a civilian retrial at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Oct. 3, 2011.
(Dave Blanchette/Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)

On July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt became the first woman executed by the federal government when she was hanged for her role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Surratt owned the boarding house in Washington, D.C. where many of the conspirators lived and met. Her own son John was an active participant in the plot. But the depth of her involvement was as hotly debated then as it is now.

A unique collaboration allowed Illinois residents to be a part of that debate and to rewrite a small part of history, if just for the night.

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World Record Attempt
1:53 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Lincoln fans go for record by reciting speech

(via Jenna Dooley, WUIS)

Winter hats mingled with stovepipe hats at the center of a nationwide effort to honor Abraham Lincoln and set a world record.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday in Springfield to recite the speech Lincoln gave when he left for the White House. At the same time, people across the country read the speech in hope of setting a new mark for the most people to read a document aloud simultaneously.

Lincoln delivered his heartfelt goodbye exactly 150 years ago.

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