Abraham Lincoln in Depth

Abraham Lincoln in Depth

Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation
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Though the Emancipation Proclamation may be the most celebrated event in Abraham Lincoln’s life, it is surprisingly one of the least chronicled or appreciated…  Read more
Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address
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The stakes were high for Abraham Lincoln’s first political speech in New York City – and the first one in the East since he had left Congress more than a decade before… Read more
Abraham Lincoln’s Moods
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“Lincoln was a curious – mysterious – quite an incomprehensible man,” wrote William H. Herndon shortly before he died. As Lincolns’ longtime law partner and longtime… Read more
President Lincoln’s Assassination
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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was a horrific end to a horrific war. It has also provided nearly endless speculation about what really happened, and who really was behind the plot to kill the president… Read more
President Lincoln’s Summer Home
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The Executive Mansion was a difficult place to live during the Civil War. In 1862 the Lincolns began to use a cottage of the Soldiers’ Home, on a hill northeast of the White House. From there, President Lincoln… Read more
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Speech
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It was a large and hopeful crowd that awaited the Second Inaugural of President Lincoln. Historian Allan Nevins wrote: “This Inauguration Day was vastly different from that of March 4, 1861, when people… Read more
Thirteenth Amendment
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“The course of events leading from the Emancipation Proclamation to the Thirteenth Ament was anything but predictable,” wrote historian Michael Vorenberg… Read more
Abraham Lincoln the Athlete
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“For such an awkward fellow, I am pretty sure-footed. It used to take a pretty dextrous man to throw me,” recalled President Lincoln on the night of his reelection as President in 1864. “I remember, the evening of the day in 1858…  Read more
Abraham Lincoln and Literature
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Shakespeare can be a politician’s best friend. He certainly was Abraham Lincoln’s favorite author. In an 1860 biography of candidate Lincoln, journalist William Dean Howells wrote that Mr. Lincoln was “a diligent student of Shakespeare, to know… Read more
Abraham Lincoln’s Health
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Abraham Lincoln’s vigorous health was promoted in the 1860 presidential campaign by his image as a rail-splitter. But, Mr. Lincoln was not always vigorous or healthy… Read more
Abraham Lincoln and Music
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Music appealed to Abraham Lincoln’s poetic and sentimental side. On the Eighth Circuit in Illinois, musical entertainment was often provided by Danville attorney Ward Hill Lamon, who sang as the… Read more
Lincoln’s Stories and Humor
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Ohio journalist David R. Locke, himself one of Mr. Lincoln’s favorite humorists, recalled: “His flow of humor was a sparkling spring gushing out of a rock – the flashing water had a… Read more
Abraham Lincoln’s Personality
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Much of Mr. Lincoln’s character was framed in early manhood when he moved to New Salem, Illinois to work for shopkeeper Dennis Offut. Lincoln chronicler Edward J. Kempf wrote: “A … Read more
Lincoln and the Election of 1860
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The polls had barely closed on the 1858 election when Jeriah Bonham wrote an editorial for the Illinois Gazette predicting the candidates for the 1860 presidential nomination: “Douglas will … Read more
Abraham Lincoln and the Bible
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When Abraham Lincoln visited his friend Joshua Speed, Speed’s mother gave him an Oxford Bible. When Mr. Lincoln returned to the judicial circuit that fall, he wrote Speed’s sister back in Kentucky: “Tell your mother … Read more
Lincoln and the Election of 1864
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No American President had been reelected since Andrew Jackson had defeated Lincoln hero Henry Clay in 1832. Abraham Lincoln determined to break that three-decade long curse… Read more
Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address
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As President-elect Abraham Lincoln traveled from Springfield to Washington in February 1860, he deliberately avoided making policy statements that might be misinterpreted in either North or South. Historian Daniel J. Ryan noted that “Lincoln… Read more
Abraham Lincoln’s Words
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Abraham Lincoln knew words were important. His penchant for stories both prevented him from miscommunication and forced his listeners to think about what he intended to say. He understood the nature of the relationship between… Read more
President Lincoln at Gettysburg
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Journalist Noah Brooks claimed that in early November 1863 he accompanied the President Abraham Lincoln to a sitting with photographer Alexander Gardner. “Just as we were going… Read more
The Funeral Train of Lincoln
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Abraham Lincoln died from his wounds at 7:22 P.M. on Saturday, April 15, 1865. Teenager Henry B. Stanton, who had frequently visited the President with his father, made his way to the Petersen House before the body… Read more
Abraham Lincoln and Technology
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Abraham Lincoln had a curious mind – he liked technology and natural mysteries. Judge David Davis recalled that Mr. Lincoln “had a good… Read more
Lincoln and Public Opinion
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Abraham Lincoln was an expert on public opinion – what it was and how it could be managed. James Russell Lowell, the first editor… Read more
President Lincoln and Patronage
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When Abraham Lincoln sent aide John G. Nicolay in July 1860 to confer with an anxious Indiana politician, he wrote out instructions that stated: “Tell him my motto… Read more
Abraham Lincoln, Pets and Children
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Lincoln law partner William Herndon noted that “Mr. Lincoln himself was a very sensitive man, and hence, in dealing with others, he…” Read more
Abraham Lincoln’s Faith
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In December 1864, President Abraham Lincoln wrote out a story for his friend, journalist Noah Brooks. It was entitled: “The President’s Last, Shortest and Best Speech.” It read: “On Thursday of last week two ladies… Read more
Abraham Lincoln and Cotton
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Cotton was a scandal in the Civil War. By the war’s conclusion, cotton had become as annoying to the President Abraham Lincoln as the… Read more
Abraham Lincoln’s Beautiful Face
By Richard J. Behn

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President Lincoln’s face was a mobile instrument that left a lasting impression. One contemporary observed: “His large bony face when in repose was unspeakably… Read more
Abraham Lincoln and the Law
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Abraham Lincoln’s persona was deeply rooted in reverence for law and rationality: “Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every… Read more
Abraham Lincoln and Secession
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Abraham Lincoln was demonized in the South long before he took office as President in 1861. During the four-way campaign in 1860, Lincoln was demonized as a black Republican whose election would… Read more
Lincoln and Reconstruction
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Arkansas was one of those states where Lincoln was testing his reconstruction policy. Much of the state was under Union control and effectively… Read more
Abraham Lincoln and Peace
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In his desire to bring the Civil War to a close while maintaining northern support for the war while it lasted, President Abraham Lincoln tolerated… Read more
Abraham Lincoln and Power
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Abraham Lincoln was a pragmatist in the use of power. Winston Churchill wrote that Lincoln… Read more
Lincoln as Commander in Chief
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During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln did not get much respect as a military leader. Lincoln himself deprecated his… Read more
Lincoln’s Values and Philosophy
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Abraham Lincoln was “a man of profound feeling, just and firm principles, and incorruptible integrity,” wrote Civil War general and politician… Read more
Lincoln and Foreign Affairs
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On May 11, 1863 Lord Richard Lyons, the British Minister visited President Abraham Lincoln to present a formal announcement… Read more
Lincoln’s Search for Meaning
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After the Union carnage at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862, President Lincoln paced back and forth in the White House… Read more
Lincoln and Internal Improvements
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By 1829, Abraham Lincoln saw his future on the river. The 20-year-old may also have seen rivers as his path to… Read more
Abraham Lincoln, Banking and the Panic of 1837 in Illinois
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The Panic of 1837 was one of the worst financial recessions in the history of the United States… Read more
Lincoln and Civil War Finance
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The Union economy expanded in the early 1860s – but that expansion was not an obvious or… Read more
Abraham Lincoln and Slavery
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Lincoln often said that he had believed slavery was wrong for as long as he could remember. In a speech… Read more
Abraham Lincoln and the Tariff
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The tariff was a sideshow to events on the larger stage of national separation that took place after Lincoln’s… Read more

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