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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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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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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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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)

Contributing Editors for this page include Stacy Hoeflich 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

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First Debate with Douglas (August 21, 1858)

Contributing Editors for this page include Martin Buchman Ranking #26 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “When a man hears himself somewhat misrepresented, it provokes him-at least, I find it so with myself…” Audio Version

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Second Debate with Douglas (August 27, 1858)

Ranking #27 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I now propose that I will answer any of the interrogatories, upon condition that he will answer questions from me not exceeding the same number.” Audio Version

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Third Debate with Douglas (September 15, 1858)

Ranking #28 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “There is very much in the principles that Judge Douglas has here enunciated that I most cordially approve, and over which I shall have no controversy with

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Fourth Debate with Douglas (September 18, 1858)

Contributing Editors for this page include Gary Emerson and Bob Frey Ranking #29 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing

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Fifth Debate with Douglas (October 7, 1858)

Ranking #30 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Now a few words in regard to these extracts from speeches of mine, which Judge Douglas has read to you, and which he supposes are in very

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Sixth Debate with Douglas (October 13, 1858)

Ranking #31 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “I will say now that there is a sentiment in the country contrary to me-a sentiment which holds that slavery is not wrong, and therefore it goes

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Seventh Debate with Douglas (October 15, 1858)

Ranking #32 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle

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Presidential Proclamation (September 22, 1862)

Ranking #33 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “That on the first day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state,

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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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