Blog Archives

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”

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Savior of the Union

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Great Emancipator

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Savior of the Union

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Savior of the Union

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Great Emancipator

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Great Emancipator

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Savior of the Union

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Father Abraham

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:

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Savior of the Union

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in The Railsplitter

Notes for a Law Lecture (July 1, 1850)

Ranking #21 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript Context.  The editors of Abraham Lincoln’s Collected Works have tentatively dated this fragment found in his papers as July 1, 1850. It appears to have been the

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Honest Abe

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

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Honest Abe

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Father Abraham

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

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in The Railsplitter

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

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Honest Abe

Fragment on the Constitution (January 1861)

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, we could not have attained the result; but even

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Savior of the Union

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Father Abraham

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

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in The Railsplitter

Slavery Protest (March 3, 1837)

Contributing Editors for this page include Greg O’Reilly Ranking #53 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “They believe that the institution of slavery is founded on both injustice and bad policy; but that the promulgation

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Great Emancipator

Letter to Salmon Chase (September 2, 1863)

Ranking #68 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Knowing your great anxiety that the emancipation proclamation shall now be applied to certain parts of Virginia and Louisiana which were exempted from it last January, I

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Great Emancipator

Proclamation of Thanksgiving (October 3, 1863)

Ranking #69 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.” On This Date HD Daily Report, October

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Honest Abe

Definition of Democracy (August 1, 1858)

Contributing Editors for this page include Canada Snyder Ranking #81 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Honest Abe

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.”

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Savior of the Union

Letter to David Hunter (December 31, 1861)

Contributing Editors for this page include Thomas Warf Ranking #84 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “Yours of the 23rd. is received; and I am constrained to say it is difficult to answer so ugly

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Father Abraham

Letter to Hannibal Hamlin (September 28, 1862)

Ranking #85 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “The North responds to the proclamation sufficiently in breath; but breath alone kills no rebels.” On This Date HD Daily Report, September 28, 1862 Custom Map View

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Great Emancipator
About Site

Editor: Matthew Pinsker
House Divided Project
PO Box 1773 / Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA 17013
717-245-1525
hdivided@dickinson.edu

Contributing Editors
Additional Credits
Permissions and Citations
How to Use

Log in

“Best of the Web”
Named "Best of the Web" in Nov. 2013 by NEH EDSITEMENT
House Divided Project
Navigate our highlights here