Abraham Lincoln

Kate Archer Kent

Dozens of political scientists will converge this week for a three-day presidential conference at LSU Shreveport. It dates back to 1989 and it’s held every three years. This one will focus on Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

LSUS political science professor Bill Pederson is the organizer. When he started it, he recalls, administrators and peers doubted that people would come to Shreveport for a national conference on the lives of presidents.

President Barack Obama's inauguration came within days of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Commentator Gary Joiner has this reflection on Lincoln's legacy.