Abraham Lincoln in Depth

John J. Crittenden (1787-1863)

John J. Crittenden (1787-1863) After Clay’s death in 1852, Crittenden took over Clay’s role an the chief old-line Whig advocate of compromise between the North and South. Historian Douglas R. Egerton noted that Crittenden was the leading candidate in the… Abraham Lincoln’s White House >

Abraham Lincoln and Power

Abraham Lincoln and Power Abraham Lincoln was a pragmatist in the use of power. Winston Churchill wrote that Lincoln was “anxious to keep the ship on an even keel and steer a steady course, he may lean all his weight now on one side and now on the other. His arguments in each case… Abraham […]

Abraham Lincoln and Cotton

Abraham Lincoln and Cotton Cotton was a scandal in the Civil War. By the war’s conclusion, cotton had become as annoying to the President Abraham Lincoln as the boll weevil was to cotton growers. On the night he was assassinated, Mr. Lincoln met former Massachusetts… Abraham Lincoln In Depth >

Abraham Lincoln and the Tariff

Abraham Lincoln and the Tariff “In the days of Henry Clay, I was a Henry Clay-tariff-man and my views have undergone no material change on that subject,” wrote Abraham Lincoln in 1860.1 A campaign profile published in a Pennsylvania newspaper in February 1860 labeled Lincoln… Abraham Lincoln In Depth >

Abraham Lincoln and Slavery

Abraham Lincoln and Slavery “In politics Mr Lincoln told the truth when he said he had ‘always hated slavery as much as any Abolitionist’ but I do not know that he deserved a great deal of credit for that for his hatred of oppression & wrong in all its forms was constitutional – he… Abraham […]

Abraham Lincoln, Banking and the Panic of 1837 in Illinois

Abraham Lincoln, Banking and the Panic of 1837 in Illinois The Panic of 1837 was one of the worst financial recessions in the history of the United States. Its roots lay in the administration of President Andrew Jackson from 1829 to 1837. Its effects were exacerbated under his successor, Martin Van Buren, from… Abraham Lincoln […]

Abraham Lincoln and Internal Improvements

Abraham Lincoln and Internal Improvements By 1829, Abraham Lincoln saw his future on the river. The 20-year-old may also have seen rivers as his path to economic freedom. One of young Lincoln’s neighbors recalled: “Abe came to my house one day and stood around about timid & Shy. I Knew he wanted… Abraham Lincoln In […]

Abraham Lincoln’s Search for Meaning

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 In Depth >

Abraham Lincoln and Foreign Affairs

Abraham Lincoln and Foreign Affairs On May 11, 1863 Lord Richard Lyons, the British Minister visited President Abraham Lincoln to present a formal announcement “that her son, his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, is about to contract a matrimonial alliance with her Royal Highness the Princess… Abraham Lincoln In Depth >

Abraham Lincoln’s Values and Philosophy

Abraham Lincoln’s Values and Philosophy Abraham Lincoln was “a man of profound feeling, just and firm principles, and incorruptible integrity,” wrote Civil War general and politician Carl Schurz.1 As an American and America’s leader, Lincoln embodied the country’s values and virtues. “Lincoln’s greatness… Abraham Lincoln In Depth >