Understanding Lincoln –Project Gallery

Here are some of the very best projects submitted in 2013 and 2014 by participants who joined the “Understanding Lincoln,” online graduate course.  This course, organized around our site “Lincoln’s Writings,” is jointly sponsored by the House Divided Project at Dickinson College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Featured Projects (2014)

Jesse O’Neill (Lincoln’s Humor)  http://lincolnwit.weebly.com/
“In a sleek, easy-to-follow format, O’Neill’s site captures Lincoln’s famous sense of humor without losing sight of the substance–and often the poignancy–of the jokes and stories Lincoln loved to tell.” (James Oakes, author, Freedom National)
Roxanne Thompson (War & Politics in 1864)
“Roxanne Thompson has created a fascinating and accessible website that probes the symbiotic ties between military and political success during the Civil War and re-enforces in teachable form how close the president came to losing thanks to the Virginia quagmire.” (Harold Holzer, author Lincoln and the Power of the Press)
“Thompson allows users to explore letters, military dispatches, and newspaper articles to delve deep into the relationship between Grant’s Overland Campaign and the election of 1864.  Her site’s close readings and range of activities make this an especially useful (and easy to use) module.” (Anne Sarah Rubin)
Megan VanGorder  (Lincoln’s Bloomington)  http://www.lincolnsbloomington.com/
“Lincoln’s Bloomington” is both a surprise and a joy to use.  Who knew that a digital cemetery tour of an Illinois town, other than Springfield, could yield such fascinating people and such understanding of Lincoln’s worlds in his home state?  The mixture of technology, local history, actors engaged in reenactment, and real substantive political and social history is marvelous in its whole. ” (David W. Blight)
Featured Projects (2013)

MacMillan, an educator from Grants Pass, Oregon created a website in WordPress that examined Lincoln’s “global” reach and included an engaging Prezi, related Google Map, a thoughtful documentary short film, and an inspired attempt at “re-mixing” Lincoln’s words using music.  LEVEL = High school

Van Wambeke, an educator from Fairfax, VA, used a website built in Wix to tackle the subject of Lincoln’s relationships with his leading generals.  The highlight of the site are  some well-produced and provocative videos that carefully guide students through an examination of primary sources.   Other multi-media tools include a useful Prezi, and various image and document galleries.  LEVEL = High school

Webb, an educator from Roswell, GA created a wide-ranging WordPress website that explores the impact of Sherman’s March in 1864 and 1865.  The site opens with some well-produced videos that explain the impact of Sherman’s Atlanta campaign on Lincoln’s reelection effort.   A Google Map helps detail Sherman’s March to the Sea, and a website provides numerous primary sources organized in exceptionally clear fashion.

Standards Roundtable

Mary Beth Donnelly, Humanizing Lincoln (On Virginia’s SOL)

Rhonda Webb, Sherman, Lincoln, Georgia (On Historical Thinking / DBQs)

Other Top-Rated Projects


–Rose Paluch:  Lincoln and Henry Clay


–Martha Bohnenberger: Abraham Lincoln and the Kansas-Nebraska Act

Google Maps

–Meg Thompson:  Lincoln and Elmer Ellsworth


–Meg Thompson:  Letter to Phoebe and Ephraim Ellsworth


–Janet Anders:  Lincoln: 1862

–Michael Bagshaw:  Path to Emancipation 

–Jami Beck: Understanding Lincoln and Women 

–Beth Doughty: Lincoln Lives James Madison’s Nightmare

–Bob Frey:  Abraham Lincoln:  Great Emancipator?

–Annemarie Gray:  Abraham Lincoln

–Marsha Greco:  Abraham Lincoln’s Religion

–Susan Johnson:  Lincoln’s Summer of 1864

–Tamara Korth:  Lincoln, Great Emancipator? 

–Shanna Krueger:  Lincoln and Nevada

–Allison Lorenz:  Was Lincoln a racist?

–Kory Loyola: Lincoln’s Return to Politics

–Patricia Nelson:  Lincoln and Sioux Uprising of 1862

–Michael Normant: Lincoln-Douglas Debates

–Viviane Puhalovic:  Lincoln and Border States

–Susan Williams Phelps: Stand Firm: The Tug Has To Come

–Susan Segal: Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief  

–Cynthia Smith: Dictator or Defender?   

–Meg Thompson:  Death of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth

–Emily Trono:  Lincoln, African Americans, Native Americans

–Andrew Villwock:  Lincoln’s Nationalism 

–Emily Weiss:  Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address


–Pete Gillen:  Abraham Lincoln: Hedgehog President  

–Jimmy Grant:  What Was Lincoln’s Greatest Attribute?  

–Ana Kean:  Abe Wears His Heart On His Sleeve

–Michael LoSasso:  Lincoln’s Leading Qualities

–Jonas Sherr: Lincoln and Jews 


–Ben Bolger:  Lincoln as Commander in Chief DBQ

–Jamie Creek: Ladies of Lincoln 

–Mary Beth Donnelly:  Lincoln: Philosopher in Chief 

–Simone Duven:  Lincoln: Creator of the Modern Presidency 

–Brian Elsner:  Lincoln and McClellan

–Nicole Johnston:  Election of 1860 

–Adam Kelley:  Lincoln’s Evolution on Race

–Brenda Klawonn:  Lincoln’s Road to the White House

–Canada Snyder: Lincoln as Great Communicator



–Martin Buchman:  Convention Night: 1860 “Broadcast”

–Michelle Grasso:  Lincoln, Ambassador to the Future

–Sarah Turpin:  First Graders Conduct Close Reading of Gettysburg Address


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