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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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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 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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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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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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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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Meditation on Divine Will (September 2, 1862)

Contributing Editors for this page include Mary Beth Donnelly, Michelle Grasso, and Marsha Greco Ranking #35 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act

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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 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 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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Reply to Emancipation Memorial (September 13, 1862)

Contributing Editors for this page include Jamie Sharpe Ranking #49 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “What good would a proclamation of emancipation from me do, especially as we are now situated? I do not

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Letter to George McClellan (October 25, 1862)

Contributing Editors for this page include Brian Elsner and Thomas Warf 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

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Letter to John Fremont (September 2, 1861)

Contributing Editors for this page include Thomas Warf 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

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Letter to Lorenzo Thomas (November 7, 1861)

Ranking #58 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “First. We need all educate military talent we can get.” On This Date HD Daily Report, November 7, 1861 Custom Map View in Larger Map NOTE TO

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