Christina Shutt, the new director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, is already making small waves in the capital city by suggesting that we "humanize" the historical figure too many of us know only as a "great" man. Lincoln's views on race evolved, she recently told host Brian Mackey on NPR's "The 21st", which shows that people – even we – can evolve and change. Mary Lincoln, portrayed in a new history as pretty awful ("House divided," IT, June 24), can be humanized, too, if we understand her as a victim of grief. The facts of the historical record may not change. "What can change is the way we talk about it," Shutt said. – Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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