Abraham Lincolns Life Lincoln Politics

Lincoln Speaks

Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation, an exhibition co-organized by the Morgan Library & Museum and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, was on display at the Morgan Library & Museum, January 23 through June 7, 2015. A complete online version of the exhibition, along with supplemental materials, is available right here on abrahamlincoln.org. More than eighty items from his remarkable life--speeches, letters, legal writings, personal notes, and more--are included in the exhibition.

Read reviews on Lincoln Speaks in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.


Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address

The stakes were high for Abraham Lincoln’s first political speech in New York City – and the first one in the East since he had left Congress more than a decade before. He had a reputation in the East for his seven Lincoln-Douglas debates but…

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Speech at Springfield, June 26, 1857

Historian Douglas Wilson wrote in Lincoln Before Washington: “In the Dred Scott speech at Springfield, Lincoln took what, for a Illinois politician seeking statewide support in 1857, must be regarded as a bold stand on…”

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

H. Judson Kilpatrick (1836 -1881)

Kilpatrick biographer Samuel J. Martin wrote that Kilpatrick’s defects as a soldier appeared early in the Civil War: “he reacted rashly under pressure, striking out blindly against adversaries…without thinking of the possible consequences. He was not…”

DAILY ABRAHAM LINCOLN BLOG

November 30, 1864 Attorney General Edward Bates writes: “I resigned my office of Atty Genl. [of the] U.S. to take effect No 30, 1864, having served just 3 years and 3/4. Some months before[,] I made known to the President my wish to retire as soon as he should be reelected [...]...Read More
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Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
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The Impact on the War, Part A

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The proclamation, Part A

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New Years Day Reception

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Joseph Medill (1823-1899)

“Joseph Medill of the Chicago Tribune regarded the President as a kind of personal property, and when his faction seemed not to be securing its share of the patronage he raged: ‘We made Abe and by G- we can unmake him…'” wrote historian David Donald.1…

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

August Conspiracy

What transpired against Mr. Lincoln during August, however, was the product of months of irritation and conspiracy — among leading Republican editors and elected officials. “As early as the spring of 1863 Greeley and other malcontents…”

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Lincoln's Contemporaries

President Lincoln’s Cabinet

Abraham Lincoln was “psychologically astute,” according to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. He had “a first-rate emotional intelligence.” As President, Lincoln separated his personal feelings from his analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of colleagues. His own…

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They were big men. George Washington was 6-foot-3. Abraham Lincoln was almost 6-4. Their ambitions were equally big — first for themselves, and then for the nation they would lead.

As young men, both future presidents trained as surveyors at periods when Americans were preoccupied by the development of the frontier and the acquisition of land. Historian John Ferling wrote: “Starting around age fifteen, George learned surveying through self-help books, such as `The Young Man’s Companion,’ and it is probable that he was tutored by some of the surveyors employed by the Fairfaxes.” In his search for self-improvement, 16-year-old Washington famously wrote out the rules for life and behavior from “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” That pursuit would continue the rest of his life.

Surveying helped define both men. In 1834 Abraham Lincoln was named as a deputy surveyor of Sangamon County in Illinois; George Washington had been appointed as Culpepper County surveyor in 1749. Ferling observed that, “surveying … was a respectable and often lucrative occupation in Washington’s Virginia, as the population was growing and new frontiers were opening steadily.”

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