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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 Civil War Finance

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Cameron's Report

Secretary of War Simon Cameron became radicalized on the issue of emancipation during the fall of 1861. Perhaps he merely became political. Cameron accompanied Congressman John Cochrane on a New England speaking tour in which Cochrane advocated the military use o...

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

John Hay's and John Nicolay's Bedroom

The President's secretaries, John Hay and John Nicolay, shared a bedroom, where they occasionally received midnight visits by the President, who was a light sleeper. One night, when the President came by to report the latest military defeat, he admitted: "I believ...
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The Impact on the War, Part A
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The proclamation, Part A
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New Years Day Reception

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Friends Divided by Politics

The dissolution of the Whig Party, the growth of the Know Nothing movement and the birth of the Republican Party caused Mr. Lincoln many trials with his friends during the mid-1850s. Some of Mr. Lincoln's former Whig colleagues - like T. Lyle Dickey, Usher F. Lin...

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Dean Richmond (1804-1866)

Dean Richmond "was one of those original men of great brain-power, force, and character, knowledge of men, and executive ability, of which that period had a number," wrote New York Republican Chauncey M. Depew, who followed Richmond into the railroad business. "Fr...

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln and Alexander H. Stephens

Part I: Peace Negotiations of 1863 In June 1863, Alexander H. Stephens urged Jefferson Davis to open negotiations with the Union government regarding the exchange of military prisoners: 'I think I might do some good - not only on the immedi...

Featured Article

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.

DAILY ABRAHAM LINCOLN BLOG

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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