Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
Historic Lincoln Sites
Take a virtual tour of the important places in Lincoln's life in Salem
and Springfield, Illinois. See his office, homes, church and even the
courthouse where he tried cases.
Abraham Lincoln – Official Biography
This is the official Whitehouse biography of Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln Research Site - Discovering the Man and the
This attractive, award-winning site by a former U.S. history teacher
R.J. Norton has a link embedded biography of Lincoln, many of his writings,
information about his family, and lots of background on Lincoln folklore.
Anything of value on the web is linked from this site.
A Lincoln: Timeline, Photos, Words
This timeline hotlinks to more information about key events in Lincolns'
The Lincoln Institute
This is a set of five websites on topics related to Abraham Lincoln: Mr.
Lincoln's White House; Mr. Lincoln and the Founders; Mr. Lincoln and Freedom;
Mr. Lincoln and Friends; and Mr. Lincoln and New York.
Abraham Lincoln’s Classroom
Here are links to maps, cartoons, and a changing featured article and
primary source related to Lincoln’s life and presidency.
Lincoln's Speeches and Writings
This site has 25 important speeches and letters written by Abraham Lincoln
between 1832 and 1865.
First Inaugural Address
The national tragedy of secession and a looming war to preserve the nation
were grim realities at Abraham Lincoln's inauguration. There is also a
portrait at this site.
Second Inaugural Address
In this short speech on March 4, 1865, Lincoln ushers in his second term
promising "...with malice toward none, and charity for all, with
firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive
to finish the work..." of the civil war and rebuild the nation. Compare
the two inaugural speeches to see how America had changed in those four
This is the text of Abraham Lincoln's proclamation on January 1, 1863
freeing the slaves in the states still in rebellion against the Union.
The commentary by Douglas Miller at the end of the document helps put
the Proclamation in historical context.
This is the full text of Abraham Lincoln's speech at Gettysburg during
the Civil War and one of the most famous speeches in history.
Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress collection
is organized into three "General Correspondence" series that
include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of
speeches, and notes and printed material. Most of the 20,000 items are
from the 1850s through Lincoln's presidential years, 1860-65. Treasures
include Lincoln's draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, his March 4,
1865, draft of his second Inaugural Address, and his August 23, 1864,
memorandum expressing his expectation of being defeated for re-election
in the upcoming presidential contest.
Abraham Lincoln: President and Leader During the Civil War
This lesson supports Adler's Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln. Students
can choose from a wealth of activities to learn key history-social science
Just Like Abraham Lincoln - Classroom Activities
Using Bernard Waber's book Just Like Abraham Lincoln, students explore
other print resources and the web to create a book of facts about Lincoln
to compare everyday life during his childhood with their own lives. One
of the activities is a virtual classroom visit to Lincoln's childhood
home in Lincoln City, Indiana. Elementary
What Events Led to Lincoln's Assassination?
The murder of Lincoln, whom most historians consider one of the country’s
two most important presidents, had major consequences for our nation and
for the Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. John Wilkes
Booth’s premeditated attack was a carefully orchestrated plot involving
at least eight other participants. Students explore the events that led
to the conspiracy and to Booth’s actions. Elementary
This site was developed for Mrs. Payton's first grade class before their
visit to Lincoln's Boyhood Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana. There are
class activities, a picture gallery, and a treasure hunt that will be
great for any class. Elementary
To Tell the Truth: Abraham Lincoln
Three class members will be chosen to pretend that they are Abraham Lincoln.
They will stand next to each other in the front of the room facing the
class. During the game, the three will be asked questions by other students
in class. The questions will be about Abraham Lincoln's life and the students
will "Tell the Truth" as if they were Lincoln. Middle School
and Upper Elementary
The Emancipation Proclamation through Different Eyes
The Emancipation Proclamation is the document that Lincoln felt would
cement his name in history. It stated that all enslaved people within
the states in rebellion were free. Although the document was not accepted
in the Confederacy and therefore did not immediately free any slaves,
it is considered one of the most important in American history. The proclamation,
controversial in its own time, laid down a pathway for the future and
provided a commitment to ending slavery. Middle School
Lincoln: A Photobiography
This unit provides resources for students to focus on Abraham Lincoln
and the Civil War. Using Russell Freedman's 1988 Newberry Medal winner,
Lincoln: A Photobiography as a jumping off place, students write an essay
comparing and contrasting Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, research
the presidential campaign of 1860 and create a campaign poster for Lincoln,
view photography from the Civil War and write a newspaper article to accompany
a photograph, create a biography poster illustrating a chapter from Lincoln:
A Photobiography showing the difficulties Lincoln faced throughout his
life, design a Dialog Jacket and/or Character Map using Lincoln's famous
quotes and writings. Middle School
Lincoln's Spot Resolutions
In the winter of 1845-46, as relations between the United States and Mexico
deteriorated, there was no express delineation of powers between Congress
(with the power to declare war) and the President (with the power of Commander
in Chief). Lincoln was a freshman Congressmen from Illinois during this
period. Along with other Congressmen, he argued that Polk had pushed America
into war by declaring that Mexico had invaded U.S. territory and "shed
American blood upon America's soil." Lincoln questioned whether the
"spot" where blood had been shed was really U.S. soil. Middle
Freedom of Speech: Cooper Union Address (1860)
One primary purpose of the First Amendment is to safeguard the individual’s
right to participate in political discourse and the political process.
Abraham Lincoln's 1860 Cooper Union Address, which he delivered as an
unannounced presidential candidate, spotlights the way the First Amendment
empowers individuals to express their political views in America's constitutional
democracy. Middle and High School
Attitudes Toward Emancipation
The Emancipation Proclamation carried Americans across an important frontier
in the political growth of the nation. Through the Internet, students
can return to this frontier and explore the many obstacles and alternatives
we faced in making this passage toward "a more perfect Union."
They may view the evolution of the document by examining the various stages
in its writing. Middle and High School
Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan
The Civil War was perhaps the most momentous event that the United States
endured in its history. The key personality in that contest was President
Abraham Lincoln, who had the arduous task of steering this nation through
the war and also the more difficult challenge of determining a course
for peace and Reconstruction. As war leader and peacemaker, he faced criticism
from political opponents as well as from members of his own party. This
lesson will allow students to explore Lincoln’s words, speeches,
and proclamations in order to understand his views on secession, amnesty,
and Reconstruction as well as his hopes for the nation. Middle and High
Abraham Lincoln on Slavery and Race
Slavery played a prominent role in America’s political, social,
and economic history in the antebellum era. The South’s “peculiar
institution” was at the forefront of discussions ranging from the
future of the nation’s economy to Western expansion and the admission
of new states into the Union. The public discourse in the first half of
the nineteenth century exposed the nation’s ambivalence about slavery
and race. Politicians were increasingly pressured to make their opinions
known, and Abraham Lincoln was no exception. Students examine primary
documents—the letters and speeches of Abraham Lincoln—in order
to analyze Lincoln’s position on slavery. Middle and High School
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