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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, will be on display at the Morgan Library & Museum, January 23 through June 7, 2015. More than eighty items from his remarkable life--speeches, letters, legal writings, personal notes, and more--will be on view. Read reviews on Lincoln Speaks in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

A complete online version of the exhibition, along with supplemental materials, is available right here on abrahamlincoln.org.


Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln’s Search for Meaning

After the Union carnage at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862 President Lincoln paced back and forth in the White House, asking repeatedly, “What has God put me in this place for?”

It was a search for meaning that Mr. Lincoln pursued throughout…

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Military Initiatives

Historian John Hope Franklin wrote that as President Lincoln “evolved his plan of emancipation, he was viewed all the more unfavorably because he felt it necessary to restrain enthusiastic officers who…”

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Fort Stevens

During the Civil War, the nation’s capital was ringed by a network of 68 forts and 93 gun batteries which were designed to protect it from Confederate attack from all sides. “Union troops were first stationed in the vacant squares of the city, but as time went on, and the army continued to grow, they were pushed out into the…”

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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Abraham Lincoln:
The Impact on the War, Part A

Abraham Lincoln:
The proclamation, Part A

Abraham Lincoln:
New Years Day Reception

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Transition to the Presidency

After Mr. Lincoln received the Republican presidential nomination in May 1860, he engaged in a long period of watchful waiting that lasted through his election and until he left…

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Democratic National Convention

The Democrats, divided by issues of war and peace, sought a strong candidate backed by a unified party, wrote historian Ernest A. McKay. “They had serious issues to present to the electorate such as arbitrary arrests, individual liberty, and…”

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln’s Secretaries

No one had a better vantage point to observe President Abraham Lincoln than his two principle secretaries, John Hay and John Nicolay. They lived at the White House, worked next to the President’s office, slept across the hall, accompanied him to the theater, and acted as…

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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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