Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln was born on charleston-illinois-abraham-lincoln-log-cabin-lincolniana-chicago-world-fair-expositionFebruary 12, 1809 in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky. His parents were both illiterate farmers and Abraham Lincoln was largely self-taught. PG1000He devoured books and studied American history, English history, and even Shakespeare. As a young man, he worked on the family’s farmlands and as a shopkeeper. young-lincoln-1There are many stories about Lincoln’s honesty—he once walked for miles just to give a woman six cents that he had overcharged her. Thus, he received the nickname “Honest Abe.”

At 22 years old, Lincoln left his family and set out to Illinois. There he taught himself about the law and was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association. 3-14He worked as a successful lawyer for several years and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. As a Representative, Lincoln spoke out against the war with Mexico and protested slavery.

Slavery the main focus of his presidency

Slavery the main focus of his presidency

Many historians argue about Lincoln’s stance on slavery. Some say that his personal views and the views he revealed to the larger public were at odds. As a politician, Lincoln addressed the issue of slavery delicately. Still, his opinions were known and worried southern states that supported slavery.

Lincoln debating Stephen Douglas. He won the presidency

Lincoln debating Stephen Douglas. He won the presidency

In 1860, Lincoln ran for president and won the election, becoming the first Republican president of the United States.

Lincoln's Inauguration

Lincoln's Inauguration

Before his inauguration, seven southern states declared their secession from the United States, forming the Confederate States of America.

13  states left the union (pictured in red)

13 states left the union (pictured in red)

Other southern states remained with the Union but showed their support for the Confederacy. Lincoln refused to recognize the Confederacy and promised the country that it would not be divided. Thus, the Civil War began.

In 1862, Congress passed the Second Confiscation Act, which freed slaves in territories not under Union control.

Emancipation Proclaimation freed the slaves.

Emancipation Proclaimation freed the slaves.

Lincoln enacted this law with his Emancipation Proclamation. Slaves were freed in the rebellious states and the Confederacy was weakened. However, slaves were not freed in the border states, whose support and loyalty Lincoln needed. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation did not free all slaves, it brought the problem of slavery to the forefront. Eventually, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery and all people were free.

Shortly after the end of the Civil War, President Lincoln went to the

Ford Theatre Where Lincoln was killed.

Ford Theatre Where Lincoln was killed.

Ford Theater to watch a play.

Theatre box(balcony) Lincoln sat in at the Ford Theatre

Theatre box(balcony) Lincoln sat in at the Ford Theatre

John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate spy, shot Lincoln in the head and fatally wounded him. Lincoln died in a house across the street from the theater.Lincoln John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot President Lincoln Booth escaped but the army tracked him down and shot him.

Timeline of his life

Classes timeline of Lincoln’s Life

Abe Lincoln From Whitehouse.gov


6 responses

  1. Bill Dobkins

    I’m a decendant of Abraham Enloe. I have been told all my life the he was the real father of Abe Lincoln. All the research I’ve done leads me to beleave it’s true. I have an old fiddle that my Grandpa Enloe gave me when I was a teenager. It was supposed to have belonged to Lincoln. I would like to prove this if possible.
    Any suggestions would be grateful. Thanks

    November 28, 2009 at 9:53 pm

  2. Sandra

    I had fun learning abOut Abraham LincOln. . .

    December 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm



    December 12, 2009 at 8:23 pm

  4. Deborra Low

    Here’s a response for Bill Dobkins regarding Abraham Lincoln’s paternity: http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/father.htm

    October 18, 2010 at 1:54 am

  5. Jody


    I’m writing to find out about the photo of Abraham Lincoln’s Log Cabin on your blog. We would like to use it in a contemporary dance theater performance I’m involved with.

    Gloria’s Cause is inspired by the American Revolution that examines our national identity through dance, theater and original music. Created by Seattle-based choreographer Dayna Hanson, the show will premiere December 2-5, 2010 at On the Boards in Seattle. We would very much like to include this image in a short slide show segment of the performance. The image would appear for a maximum of three seconds as part of a montage that includes images from a range of time periods.

    This performance is a not-for-profit project aimed at raising awareness of our own history as Americans through performing art. We’re hopeful that you will allow us to include this image in the piece free of charge.

    For more information on Gloria’s Cause and Dayna Hanson, you can visit Dayna’s website at http://www.daynahanson.com.

    Can you tell me where you got this photo or how i can get rights to use it?I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks so much for your consideration.
    Jody Kuehner

    November 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm

  6. Rebel

    theres only 11 states in that photo of the southern states but it says 13

    May 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

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