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Autobiographical Sketch (December 20, 1859)

Ranking #5 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In December 1859, Abraham Lincoln drafted his first extensive autobiographical narrative, a roughly 600-word sketch prepared at the request of an old friend and Republican newspaper

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Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863)

Contributing Editors for this page include Brenda Klawonn and Sarah Turpin Ranking #1 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context: There are five versions of the Gettysburg Address in Abraham Lincoln’s handwriting. The so-called “Bliss Copy”

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Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863)

Ranking #2 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context: The Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 culminated more than eighteen months of heated policy debates in Washington over how to prevent Confederates from using slavery to

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Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1865)

Ranking #3 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context: By the time Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for his second term as president on Saturday, March 4, 1865, the union was nearly restored, slavery essentially destroyed, and

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Letter to Horace Greeley (August 22, 1862)

Ranking #4 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context: Horace Greeley published an angry open “letter” to President Lincoln in the pages of his newspaper, the New York Tribune, on August 20, 1862. Greeley was upset

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House Divided Speech (June 16, 1858)

Ranking #6 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “If we could first know where we are….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, June 16, 1858 Image Gallery   Close Readings Matthew Pinsker: Understanding

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Letter to Albert Hodges (April 4, 1864)

Contributing Editors for this page include Leah Miller Ranking #7 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “You asked me to put in writing….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, April 4, 1864 Image

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Blind Memorandum (August 23, 1864)

Ranking #8 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, August

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Letter to Norman Judd (October 20, 1858)

Ranking #9 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  Toward the end of the 1858 campaign, Abraham Lincoln worried about election fraud. In this letter, he addressed the issue by warning Republican state party chairman

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Letter to Grace Bedell (October 19, 1860)

Ranking #10 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “My dear little Miss….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, October 19, 1860 Image Gallery   Close Readings Matthew Pinsker: Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Grace

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First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1861)

Ranking #11 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I hold, that in contemplation of universal law….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, March 4, 1861 Image Gallery Close Readings Matthew Pinsker: Understanding Lincoln:

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Letter to Mary Todd Lincoln (April 16, 1848)

Ranking #12 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “In this troublesome world, we are never quite satisfied….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, April 16, 1848 Image Gallery Close Readings Matthew Pinsker: Understanding

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Letter to Joseph Hooker (January 26, 1863)

Ranking #13 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I have placed you at the head of the Army of the Potomac….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, January 26, 1863 Image Gallery  

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Letter to Reverdy Johnson (July 26, 1862)

Ranking #14 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I am a patient man….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, July 26, 1862 Image Gallery Close Readings Matthew Pinsker: Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Reverdy

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Letter to Richard Yates (August 18, 1854)

Ranking #15 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In the summer of 1854, Abraham Lincoln was a 45-year-old attorney and former one-term US congressman living in Springfield, Illinois. However, in this letter to Richard

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Handbill on Infidelity (July 31, 1846)

Ranking #16 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In the summer of 1846, Abraham Lincoln was a Whig candidate for a seat in the US Congress. He was competing against Democratic nominee Peter Cartwright,

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First Draft of Emancipation (July 22, 1862)

Ranking #17 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “In pursuance of the sixth section of the act of congress….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, July 22, 1862 Image Gallery  Close Readings Matthew

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First Campaign Statement (March 9, 1832)

Ranking #18 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  Abraham Lincoln was twenty-three-years-old and working as a clerk in a store in the small village of New Salem, Illinois (situated about 20 miles north of

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Lyceum Address (January 27, 1838)

Ranking #19 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In the fall of 1837, an abolitionist newspaper editor named Elijah Lovejoy was murdered by a pro-slavery mob while trying to defend himself and his printing

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Cooper Union Speech (February 27, 1860)

Ranking #20 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In the fall of 1859, Abraham Lincoln received an invitation from the Young Men’s Republican Club of New York to join a prominent speakers series designed

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Notes for a Law Lecture (July 1, 1850)

Ranking #21 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  The editors of Abraham Lincoln’s Collected Works have tentatively dated this fragment found in his papers as July 1, 1850. It appears to have been the

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Letter to William Herndon (July 10, 1848)

Ranking #22 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  In this letter to his law partner written from Washington, Congressman Lincoln offered advice about how to get ahead. William H. Herndon was about a decade

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Letter to Williamson Durley (October 3, 1845)

Ranking #23 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “But I will not argue farther….” Audio Version On This Date <ahref=”http://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/panel/this_date/1845-10-03″>HD Daily Report, October 3, 1845 Image Gallery Close Readings Matthew Pinsker: Understanding Lincoln: Letter to

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Letter to Ulysses S Grant (January 19, 1865)

Ranking #24 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Please read and answer this letter as though I was not President, but only a friend….” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, January 19, 1865

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Letter to John Johnston (January 12, 1851)

Ranking #25 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  Abraham Lincoln grew up in what we call today a blended family. His mother Nancy died when his sister Sarah was eleven and he was only

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