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.  Please feel free to share these special multi-media resources widely and to use or modify them for your own non-commercial, educational purposes.

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 of 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 of 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, author of Through the Heart of Dixie)


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, author of Race and Reunion)


Featured Projects (2013)

Lois MacMillan:  Understanding Global Lincoln

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.

Michael VanWambeke:  Change or Stay the Course? 

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.

Rhonda Webb:  Sherman, Lincoln and Georgia

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.


Other Top-Rated Projects (2013-14)


–Janet Anders:  Lincoln: 1862

–Kelly Arickx:  Fate of a Loyal Soldier

–Michael Bagshaw:  Path to Emancipation 

–Jami Beck: Understanding Lincoln and Women 

–Michael Clancy: Principles and Politics

–Sara Combs: Lincoln’s Letter to the King of Siam

–Beth Doughty: Lincoln Lives James Madison’s Nightmare

–Hannah Edsall: Lincoln and New York

–Bob Frey:  Abraham Lincoln:  Great Emancipator?

–Annemarie Gray:  Abraham Lincoln

–Marsha Greco:  Abraham Lincoln’s Religion

–Kirstyn Hoffman: Lincoln and African Americans

–Susan Johnson:  Lincoln’s Summer of 1864

–Patricia Keenan-Byrne:  Future of Slavery

–Katie Kilker: Great Emancipator AND Racist?

–Bob King: From Antietam to Emancipation

–Tamara Korth:  Lincoln, Great Emancipator? 

–Shanna Krueger:  Lincoln and Nevada

–Allison Lorenz:  Was Lincoln a racist?

–Kory Loyola: Lincoln’s Return to Politics

–Michael Mazzullo:  Lincoln and Loss

–Craig Merrill:  Lincoln’s Mindset in Election of 1864

–Patricia Nelson:  Lincoln and Sioux Uprising of 1862

–Michael Normant: Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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

–Viviane Puhalovic:  Lincoln and Border States

–Wind Ralston:  Lincoln and the Media

–Nathan Roe:  Loose or Strict?  Lincoln and Constitution

–Susan Segal: Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief

–Jamie Sharpe: Did Lincoln Deserve Title Great Emancipator?

–Cynthia Smith: Dictator or Defender?

–Arren Swift:  Lincoln and Native Americans 

–Meg Thompson:  Death of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth

–Emily Trono:  Lincoln, African Americans, Native Americans

–Andrew Villwock:  Lincoln’s Nationalism

–Thomas Warf:  Leadership of Abraham Lincoln

–Christopher Watson:  Lincoln & Emancipation

–Emily Weiss:  Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

–Ben Widner:  Lincoln: Union Savior

–John Paul Yun: Investigating Lincoln’s Faith

Storify essays

–James Buck:  How did Republican Party Become Party of Lincoln?

–Patrick Culhane: Genius of Lincoln’s Religion

–Pete Gillen:  Abraham Lincoln: Hedgehog President  

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

–Stacy Hoeflich: Teaching Lincoln with Primary Sources

–Ana Kean:  Abe Wears His Heart On His Sleeve

–Matt Lopez:  Seventh Lincoln-Douglas Debate

–Michael LoSasso:  Lincoln’s Leading Qualities

–Rob O’Keefe: Lincoln and Historical Process

–Emily Schagrin: The Great Emancipator

–Tammie Senders: Lincoln and Civil Liberties

–Jonas Sherr: Lincoln and Jews 


–Ben Bolger:  Lincoln as Commander in Chief DBQ

–Kaellagh Cassidy:  Lincoln’s Advice

–Jamie Creek: Ladies of Lincoln 

–Mary Beth Donnelly:  Lincoln: Philosopher in Chief 

–Simone Duven:  Lincoln: Creator of the Modern Presidency 

–Alexandra Economou: Lincoln: Evolution of his Thinking on Race

–Brian Elsner:  Lincoln and McClellan

–Chris Jaax:  Was Lincoln a Political Boss?

–Nicole Johnston:  Election of 1860 

–Jordan Kasler:  Wigwam Warriors

–Brian Kellett:  Abraham Lincoln and Women

–Adam Kelley:  Lincoln’s Evolution on Race

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

–Nancy Knapp:  Presidents at War

–Sean New:  Who Influenced Lincoln?

–Evan Oftedal:  Lincoln and Civil Liberties

–Greg O’Reilly: Lincoln on Inequality

–Canada Snyder: Lincoln as Great Communicator

–Kayla Steele: Honest Abe?



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

–Martin Buchman:  Convention Night: 1860 “Broadcast” (Video)

–Jeff Grabo:  Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (Google Maps)

–Michelle Grasso:  Lincoln, Ambassador to the Future (Video)

–Rose Paluch:  Lincoln and Henry Clay  (E-Book)

–Meg Thompson:  Lincoln and Elmer Ellsworth (Google Maps)

–Meg Thompson:  Letter to Phoebe and Ephraim Ellsworth (Podcasts)

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


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