Single Serving Subject: Abraham Lincoln
“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
In preparation for the Lincoln Day Holiday on February 12th, we decided to compile a list of some of the best resources to help learn a bit about the man behind the beard and top hat and the famous executive order, The Emancipation Proclamation.
Here’s a few quick facts to get you started:
- Lincoln was the first Republican President. Prior to the G.O.P. the main political powers in the United States Government were the Democrats, Whig, American, Free Soil, and the Liberty Party. Political Party Timeline: 1836 – 1864 PBS American Experience
- The Emancipation Proclamation did not free all slaves, it simply declared to free all slaves not under Union control.
- A score, as references in the Gettysburg Address, “Four score and seven years ago” refers to a group of 20. It could also be used in different measurements. For example: two score and five days would be forty-five days. Abraham Lincoln Online
A nice summary on Lincoln and his accomplishments are president from TheWhiteHouse.gov
POTUS.com is one of my favorite resources for everything about American Presidents. I used to use this site all the time when I competed in Academic Games.
American Heritage compiled an incredible database of images and documents from the time of the American Civil War and provides them all for free.
Simply a cool graphic that groups Presidents by various factors such as political party, if they died in office, were impeached, and resigned.