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Someone Just Paid $162K for This 'Remarkable' Tubman Pic

Most photos of the anti-slavery crusader show her as an elderly woman—not this one

(Newser) - A rare photograph of 19th-century abolitionist and Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman has been sold at a New York City auction for $162,500. Swann Galleries says the circa late-1860s image sold Thursday for a hammer price of $130,000, plus a $32,500 auctioneer fee, the AP reports. The... More »

Gay Marriage: What Would Lincoln Do?

Former president put practicality first: Cass Sunstein

(Newser) - Abraham Lincoln was deeply opposed to slavery—but when it came to the politics of ending the travesty, he took a highly practical approach, writes Cass Sunstein at Bloomberg . As a Senate candidate, Lincoln refused to call for immediate abolition, arguing that it wouldn't have public support. "A... More »

Doh! Oval Office Rug Gets Quote's Author Wrong

It's attributed to MLK, but he borrowed the words

(Newser) - The new rug in President Obama's Oval Office includes famous quotations, including this from Martin Luther King Jr.: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." The only problem, reports the Washington Post , is that King borrowed the words (and made no secret... More »

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