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Remembering Lincoln

Remembering Lincoln compiles primary sources that illustrate the reaction to Lincoln's assassination. Use newspapers, letters, images and more to help students learn about how a divided nation responded to tragedy. Create custom lesson plans to use in your classroom.

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Abraham Lincoln Speech Excerpts

Abraham Lincoln Speech Excerpts about Government and Politics

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Compilation of excerpts from Abraham Lincoln speeches about government and politics. Example: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.” – August 1, 1858 Fragment on Democracy

Abraham Lincoln Speech Excerpts

Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln Speeches on Ambition

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Compilation of Abraham Lincoln speech excerpts on ambition, such as, "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-man, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.” – Lincoln, aged twenty-three, introducing himself to his New Salem neighbors, March 9, 1832, first political announcement

Abraham Lincoln Speech Excerpts

Advice Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln Speeches

Speeches

Compilation of Abraham Lincoln speech excerpts that give compelling advice, such as “When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that a ‘drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.’” – Temperance Address, Feb. 22, 1842

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The Gettysburg Address, 1863

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On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, after the Union armies defeated the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Abraham Lincoln's Speech in Peoria, Illinois, 1854

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On October 16, 1854, in Peoria, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas both delivered speeches about the Kansas-Nebraska Act, recently passed by Congress. In this speech, Lincoln framed many of his political arguments against slavery.

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Response to a Serenade, 1863

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President Abraham Lincoln made these informal remarks a few days after two important Union victories.

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President Abraham Lincoln's Last Speech, 1865

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On April 11, 1865, two days after Robert E. Lee surrendered his formidable Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, President Abraham Lincoln addressed hundreds assembled outside the White House. President Lincoln spoke rebuilding the nation.

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House Divided

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The House Divided was an address given by Abraham Lincoln on June 16, 1858, at what was then the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, upon accepting the Illinois Republican Party's nomination as that state's United States senator.