Abraham Lincoln: Articles and Resources
Abe Lincoln and His Ax: Reality Behind the Legend
The real story of how Abe Lincoln's use of an ax became a political legend.
Classic Lincoln Portraits
Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of photographs, and posed for some classic portraits.
Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Proclamation Declared Thanksgiving a N…
A campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday finally succeeded when Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for a national day of Thanksgiving at the height of the Civil War, in 1863. Prior to that, Thanksgiving was a regional holiday, celebrated mostly in the northeast and on different days in different states.
Abraham Lincoln's 1838 Address to the Springfield Young Men's Lyceum
Abraham Lincoln, in his earliest published speech, addressed the Young Men's Lyceum in Springfield, Illinois in 1838. In the Lyceum Address Lincoln warned of the menace of mob violence and spoke of the future of America.
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Resources
Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday will be celebrated on February 12, 2009, and many events will take place before and after the big day.
Below are some of the most useful and popular resources related to the Lincoln Bicentennial.
Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln is often quoted and is widely regarded as a classic document in American history. The speech is brief, yet Lincoln put a lot of thought into it. As the Civil War had turned into a long and very costly struggle, Lincoln felt the need to express, in nearly mythic terms, why the war was being fought.
Images of Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Portrayed the Profound Grief of a Nation
America's grief was portrayed in images of Abraham Lincoln's funeral.
Abraham Lincoln: Major Events In His Life
Abraham Lincoln has been discussed, debated, and written about perhaps more than any other figure from the 19th century. His personality was distinctly American, and his accomplishments may well have saved the United States. And Lincoln is one of those rare figures who becomes more interesting the more you learn about him. Below are links to...
Abraham Lincoln's Greatest Speeches
One of the things that made Lincoln a skillful politician and great president was his ability to write and deliver great speeches. Read about Lincoln's greatest speeches, and learn what he accomplished with them.
Images of Abraham Lincoln and the 1860 Campaign for President
Images of Abraham Lincoln's 1860 presidential campaign: photographs, lithographs, banners, and political cartoons.
Lincoln's Speech at Cooper Union Propels Him to the White House
Abraham Lincoln traveled to New York City in late February 1860 to present an address before a group of Republican Party activists. He took the stage at Cooper Union, faced an audience of 1,500 curious spectators, and became an instant star. It has been said that Lincoln's Cooper Union address propelled him to the presidency.
Facts and Images of the Death of Abraham Lincoln
Images of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the events surrounding it were fascinating in 1865 and remain so to this day.
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
The text of Lincoln's second inaugural address, one of Lincoln's greatest speeches.
The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln rose from humble roots to be President of the United States at a time of great national crisis. His journey was perhaps the classic American success story, and the road he took to the White House was not always easy or predictable. This timeline illustrates some of the major events of Lincoln's life up to the 1850s, when his...
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858
When Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas met in a series of seven debates while running for a Senate seat from Illinois they fiercely debated the critical issue of the day, slavery. The debates elevated Lincoln's profile, helping to push him toward his run for president two years later, though Douglas would actually win the 1858 Senate...
A Library of Classic Books About Abraham Lincoln Can Be Downloaded
Books about Abraham Lincoln began appearing almost immediately following his death, and the late 1800s and early 1900s were something of a golden age of Lincoln literature. When the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission asked an expert to compile an "Es
Was Abraham Lincoln Really a Wrestler?
President Abraham Lincoln was a very good wrestler as a youth and his wrestling exploits were used during his presidential campaign in 1860 and became part of the Lincoln legend.
The Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation was one of Lincoln's greatest achievements, and the Library of Congress hosts an excellent online exhibit about it. Of particular interest is Lincoln's handwritten first draft from the summer of 1862.
Seven Facts About the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Seven facts everyone should know about the legendary Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858.
The Gettysburg Address
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address has rightfully gone down in history as a masterpiece. This Library of Congress exhibit provides valuable background information on the famed speech, and features what may be the actual copy Lincoln took from his pocket and read on November 19, 1863.
Lincoln's Home in Illinois
The official National Park Service site for his home provides some valuable and often entertaining insights into Lincoln's character and life before the White House.
Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress hosts an impressive and fascinating collection of Lincoln letters. The collection begins with Lincoln's law practice in Illinois and contains many items, many written in his own hand, from his years in the White House.
Abraham Lincoln Quotes - Quotations by Abraham Lincoln Everyone Should Know
Lincoln quotes have become a staple of American life, as the 16th president is undoubtedly one of the most quoted Americans in history. This collection of the most popular Lincoln quotes details where the quotation came from and why it has become popular over time.
Abraham Lincoln Blog Items
Abraham Lincoln articles and news items from the History1800s Blog.
Abraham Lincoln and the Telegraph
Abraham Lincoln was very interested in technology, and his use of the telegraph during the Civil War was instrumental in how he commanded the military forces of the United States.