Abraham Lincolns Life Lincoln Politics

Lincoln Speaks

Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation, an exhibition co-organized by the Morgan Library & Museum and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, was on display at the Morgan Library & Museum, January 23 through June 7, 2015. A complete online version of the exhibition, along with supplemental materials, is available right here on abrahamlincoln.org. More than eighty items from his remarkable life--speeches, letters, legal writings, personal notes, and more--are included in the exhibition.

Read reviews on Lincoln Speaks in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.


Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation

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. Historian Richard Hofstadter once dismissed the Emancipation as having “all the moral grandeur of a bill…

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Charleston, Coles County, September 18, 1858

“Saturday, September 18, 1858, was the biggest day in the history of Charleston, that quiet little county seat amid the cornfields of eastern Illinois. It was the day that Abraham Lincoln met Senator Stephen Arnold Douglas in the…”

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Passage of Thirteenth Amendment

Illinois attorney Leonard Swett said he spoke to President Lincoln in October 1863 about a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery: “I told him… I believed the result of this war would be the extermination of slavery; that Congress would…”

DAILY ABRAHAM LINCOLN BLOG

November 30, 1864 Attorney General Edward Bates writes: “I resigned my office of Atty Genl. [of the] U.S. to take effect No 30, 1864, having served just 3 years and 3/4. Some months before[,] I made known to the President my wish to retire as soon as he should be reelected [...]...Read More
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Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
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The Impact on the War, Part A

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The proclamation, Part A

Abraham Lincoln:
New Years Day Reception

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Horace Greeley (1811-1872)

“What in the world is the matter with Uncle Horace? Why can’t he restrain himself and wait a little while?” complained President Lincoln to the Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune in early 1862. “I do not suppose I have…”

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Ministers

The Civil War brought out a powerful combination of leadership from businessmen and clergy in New York. They joined journalists and politicians in giving New York City politics a special civic flavor. The lines among these occupations were…

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass led an unusual life. Born Frederick Bailey in 1818, Frederick Douglass was never sure of his father’s identity although it seems certain that his father was white and possibly was his owner, Thomas Auld. Douglass had little contact with his mother …

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They were big men. George Washington was 6-foot-3. Abraham Lincoln was almost 6-4. Their ambitions were equally big — first for themselves, and then for the nation they would lead.

As young men, both future presidents trained as surveyors at periods when Americans were preoccupied by the development of the frontier and the acquisition of land. Historian John Ferling wrote: “Starting around age fifteen, George learned surveying through self-help books, such as `The Young Man’s Companion,’ and it is probable that he was tutored by some of the surveyors employed by the Fairfaxes.” In his search for self-improvement, 16-year-old Washington famously wrote out the rules for life and behavior from “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” That pursuit would continue the rest of his life.

Surveying helped define both men. In 1834 Abraham Lincoln was named as a deputy surveyor of Sangamon County in Illinois; George Washington had been appointed as Culpepper County surveyor in 1749. Ferling observed that, “surveying … was a respectable and often lucrative occupation in Washington’s Virginia, as the population was growing and new frontiers were opening steadily.”

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