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Lincoln "by littles"

by Lewis E. Lehrman
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Lincoln "by littles":

"The self-tutored lawyer from Illinois could not understand those 'don't care' politicians, such as Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who pretended indifference to involuntary servitude."

"For Lincoln, there could be no retreat from the fundamental principles of the Declaration of Independence."

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Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln and Internal Improvements

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom


"That Lincoln perceived the larger implications of the action now to be taken we cannot doubt. Some Radicals thought he was too deliberate in dealing doom to the institution, as some Democrats declared that he was an intemperate abolitionist," said Allan Nevins. ...

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Julia Taft

The two Taft boys, Bud and Holly, were the constant playmates—and sometime schoolmates—of Willie and Tad Lincoln until Willie's death in February 1862. When Willie was dying, Bud held a vigil at Willie's deathbed. "If I go he will call for me," he told the Presid...
Abraham Lincoln:
The Impact on the War, Part A
Abraham Lincoln:
The proclamation, Part A
Abraham Lincoln:
New Years Day Reception

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

William O. Stoddard (1835-1925)

William O. Stoddard wrote a great deal about Mr. Lincoln over the five decades after President Lincoln's death. Stoddard was a professional journalist when he met Mr. Lincoln and he became a professional writer after Mr. Lincoln died. Stoddard left more than one...

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

John J. Cisco (1806-1884)

As the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in New York, John J. Cisco had won the confidence of New York bankers while working under two Democratic presidents. He continued to serve, according to presidential aides John Hay and John G. Nicolay "with remarkable ab...

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley

The relationship between Horace Greeley and Abraham Lincoln was problematic long before the Illinois lawyer was elected President. Lincoln scholar Roy P. Basler wrote: "The course of Greeley's opinion and treatment of Lincoln was peculiar and tortuous."1

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by Lewis E. Lehrman

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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Lincoln at Peoria

Lincoln at Peoria
The Turning Point
by Lewis E. Lehrman
Lincoln at Peoria explains how Lincoln's speech at Peoria on October 16, 1854, was the turning point in the development of his antislavery campaign and his political career and thought.


April 23, 1864 President Lincoln orders the reinstatement of Congressman Frank P. Blair, Jr. as a Union Army general. Lincoln writes Secretary of War Edwin Stanton: “According to our understanding with Major General Frank P. Blair, at the time he took his seat in Congress last winter, he now asks to withdraw his resignation as […]...Read More
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