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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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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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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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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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Message to Congress (July 4, 1861)

Contributing Editors for this page include Susan Segal and Cynthia Smith Ranking #34 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Having been convened on an extraordinary occasion, as authorized by the Constitution, your attention is not

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Response to Serenade (November 10, 1864)

Contributing Editors for this page include Rhonda Webb Ranking #36 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “We can not have free government without elections…” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, November 10, 1864

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Last Speech (April 11, 1865)

Contributing Editors for this page include Adam Grant Kelley, Greg O’Reilly and Ben Widner Ranking #38 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart.” Audio

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Letter to Erastus Corning and Others (June 12, 1863)

Contributing Editors for this page include Tammie Senders Ranking #39 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “The man who stands by and says nothing, when the peril of his government is discussed, can not be

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Letter to James Conkling (August 26, 1863)

Ranking #40 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Read “Abraham Lincoln to James C. Conkling” by Abraham Lincoln on Poetry Genius   Audio Version On This Date HD Daily Report, August 26, 1863 Custom Map

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Presidential Proclamation (April 15, 1861)

Ranking #41 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Whereas, the laws of the United States have been for some time past and now are opposed, and the execution thereof obstructed, in the States of South Carolina,

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Presidential Proclamation (April 19, 1861)

Ranking #42 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States … have further deemed it advisable to set on foot a blockade of the ports within the States

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Letter to Lyman Trumbull (December 10, 1860)

Contributing Editors for this page include Annemarie Gray and Susan Williams Phelps Ranking #45 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Stand firm. The tug has to come, & better now, than any time hereafter.”  Audio

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Fragment on the Constitution (January 1861)

Contributing Editors for this page include Rob O’Keefe Ranking #50 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “All this is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause. Without the Constitution and the Union,

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Letter to William Seward (April 1, 1861)

Ranking #56 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Since parting with you I have been considering your paper dated this day, and entitled ‘Some thoughts for the President’s consideration.’ The first proposition in it is,

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General War Order No. 1 (January 27, 1862)

Contributing Editors for this page include Wind Ralston Ranking #59 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Ordered that the 22nd day of February 1862, be the day for a general movement of the Land and

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Annual Message (December 1, 1862)

Contributing Editors for this page include Gary Emerson Ranking #60 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves.” On This

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Presidential Proclamation (December 8, 1863)

Contributing Editors for this page include Michael Van Wambeke Ranking #70 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents   Annotated Transcript “And I do further proclaim, declare, and make known, that whenever, in any of the States of

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Speech at Great Central Sanitary Fair (June 16, 1864)

Contributing Editors for this page include Susan Johnson Ranking #73 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “War, at the best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is

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Letter to Thurlow Weed (March 15, 1865)

Contributing Editors for this page include Patrick Culhane Ranking #74 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and

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Letter to William Kellogg (December 11, 1860)

Ranking #83 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Douglas is sure to be again trying to bring in his ‘Pop. Sov.’ Have none of it. The tug has to come & better now than later.”

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Response to Serenade (July 7, 1863)

Contributing Editors for this page include Emily Weiss Ranking #86 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “How long ago is it?—eighty odd years—since on the Fourth of July for the first time in the history

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Annual Message (December 8, 1863)

Contributing Editors for this page include Emily Weiss Ranking #88 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “…When Congress assembled a year ago the war had already lasted nearly twenty months, and there had been many

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Letter to Union Delegation (June 9, 1864)

Contributing Editors for this page include Rhonda Webb Ranking #90 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country; but I

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Annual Message (December 6, 1864)

Ranking #100 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “… At the last session of Congress a proposed amendment of the Constitution abolishing slavery throughout the United States, passed the Senate, but failed for lack of

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