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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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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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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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Letter to Charles Ray (June 27, 1858)

Ranking #37 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “How in God’s name do you let such paragraphs into the Tribune, as the enclosed cut from that paper of yesterday? Does Sheahan write them?” Audio Version

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Fragment on Stephen Douglas (December 1, 1856)

Ranking #43 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “With me, the race of ambition has been a failure—a flat failure; with him it has been one of splendid success.” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily

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Autobiography Written for John Scripps (June 1, 1860)

Ranking #48 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Abraham Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809, then in Hardin, now in the more recently formed county of Larue, Kentucky.” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily

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Copybook Verses (1824-1826)

Ranking #52 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Abraham Lincoln his hand and pen he will be good but god knows When Custom Map View in Larger Map NOTE TO READERS This page is under construction

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Plan of Campaign (August, 1840)

Ranking #54 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript 1st. Appoint one person in each county as county captain, and take his pledge to perform promptly all the duties assigned him. On This Date HD Daily

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Eulogy on Henry Clay (July 6, 1852)

Contributing Editors for this page include Jin Hong and Kory Loyola Ranking #62 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Ranking #150 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Mr. Clay’s predominant sentiment, from first

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Speech at Republican Banquet (December 10, 1856)

Contributing Editors for this page include Kory Loyola Ranking #63 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Ranking #150 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “…Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change

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Farewell Address (February 11, 1861)

Contributing Editors for this page include Michelle Grasso and Brenda Klawonn Ranking #64 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “My friends—No one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting.”

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Letter to Andrew McCormick (January 1, 1841)

Ranking #77 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “For Heaven’s sake, for your friends sake, for the sake of the recollection of all the hard battles we have heretofore fought shoulder, to shoulder, do not

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First Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions (April 6, 1858)

Ranking #80 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship. This improvement, he effects by Discoveries, and Inventions.” On

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Letter to Mary Owens (August 16, 1837)

Ranking #91 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I want in all cases to do right, and most particularly so, in all cases with women. I want, at this particular time, more than any thing

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Letter to Eliza Browning (April 1, 1838)

Ranking #92 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “In a few days we had an interview, and although I had seen her before, she did not look as my immagination had pictured her. I knew

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To John Johnston (December 24, 1848)

Ranking #93 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Your request for eighty dollars, I do not think it best, to comply with now. At the various times when I have helped you a little, you

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Letter to Elihu Washburne (February 9, 1855)

Ranking #94 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “The agony is over at last; and the result you doubtless know. I write this only to give you some particulars to explain what might appear difficult

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Letter to Jesse Norton (February 16, 1855)

Ranking #95 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I have now been beaten one day over a week; and I am very happy to find myself quite convalescent.” On This Date HD Daily Report, February

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Letter to Alexander McClure (August 30, 1860)

Ranking #97 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “When you say you are organizing every election district, do you mean to include the idea that you are ‘canvassing’ – ‘counting noses?’” On This Date HD

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Letter to John Stuart (January 23, 1841)

Ranking #101 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face

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Fragment on Niagara Falls (September 25, 1848)

Contributing Editors for this page include Bob Frey Ranking #102 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Niagara-Falls! By what mysterious power is it that millions and millions, are drawn from all parts of the world,

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Letter to Stephen Douglas (July 29, 1858)

Contributing Editors for this page include Michael Normant Ranking #107 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Yours of the 24th. in relation to an arrangement to divide time and address the same audiences, is received;

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Letter to Thomas Corwin (October 9, 1859)

Ranking #108 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents   Annotated Transcript We must have though a man who recognizes the slavery issue as being the living issue of the day; who does not hesitate to declare slavery

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Application for Patent (March 10, 1849)

Ranking #122 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents   Annotated Transcript “…To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, Abraham Lincoln, of Springfield, in the county of Sangamon, in the state of Illinois, have invented

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