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

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 misunderstood.” Audio Version On This Date HD Daily

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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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Letter to George McClellan (October 13, 1862)

Contributing Editors for this page include Brian Elsner and Susan Segal Ranking #44 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context. George Brinton McClellan was appointed the Commander of the Army of the Potomac in 1861 and

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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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Letter to Mary Speed (September 27, 1841)

Contributing Editors for this page include Mary Beth Donnelly Ranking #46 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “A gentleman had purchased twelve negroes in different parts of Kentucky and was taking them to a farm

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Letter to Orville Browning (September 22, 1861)

Contributing Editors for this page include Ana Kean and Leah Miller Ranking #47 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “That you should object to my adhering to a law, which you had assisted in making,

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Letter to George McClellan (October 25, 1862)

Contributing Editors for this page include Brian Elsner Ranking #51 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam

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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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Letter to John Fremont (September 2, 1861)

Ranking #57 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Two points in your proclamation of August 30th give me some anxiety.” On This Date HD Daily Report, September 2, 1861 Custom Map View in Larger Map

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