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The Railsplitter

Abraham Lincoln once recalled that he was “raised to farm work,” but he left behind the farms of his youth in central Kentucky, southern Indiana, and eastern Illinois rather quickly to begin his extraordinary career in politics and law.  By the time he entered the presidential race in 1860, at the age of 51, Lincoln […]

Letter to Eliza Browning (April 1, 1838)

Contributing Editors for this page include Brian Kellett and Jesse O’Neill Ranking #92 on the list of 150 Most Teachable Lincoln Documents Annotated Transcript “In a few days we had an interview, and although I had seen her before, she did not look as my immagination had pictured her. I knew she was over-size, but […]

Contributing Editors

The following people have contributed a wide range of editorial content to the Lincoln’s Writings site.  You can view their particular contributions by clicking on their names below.  All of these editors have been graduate student participants in Matthew Pinsker’s “Understanding Lincoln,” online course from the Gilder Lehrman Institute, or undergraduate students in Pinsker’s American history classes at Dickinson […]

Lincoln’s Writings and Historical Thinking

Nobody owns the phrase “historical thinking,” but the power of this idea for organizing expectations in the modern-day American K-12 classroom owes a great deal to set of determined scholars such as Sam Wineburg from Stanford University.  Wineburg and his colleagues at the Stanford History Education Group have developed a series of fantastic resources for […]

What makes a good close reading?

By Matthew Pinsker We are looking for a few good close readings at the Lincoln’s Writings website and through the Understanding Lincoln online graduate course, but what makes for a successful close reading of a Lincoln document?  The term can mean different things in different disciplines. But for historians, there are typically three essential components for analyzing written primary […]

Understanding Lincoln –Project Gallery

Here are some of the very best projects submitted in recent years 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 […]

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