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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

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Write A letter to Our President!

We are sponsoring a letter writing contest to our new president Barack Obama.

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Write a letter to Barack Obama! We will be doing a mass mailing on Feb 12 to our president. If you would like to be included please bring all completed letters to Ms. Broderick in room 311 not later than February 11th . Here is a template from TFK that can help you plan your letters click here 081107_wr_1

Prizes will be given to the best letters. They can be neatly handwritten or type written. They must follow the basic letter writing format see my screencast on the basic format for a business letter by clicking here.

Here is another link that can help you with your format in writing letters.

Also below is a rubric you can follow for writing a letter.