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President Lincoln on battle-field of Antietam...

[Detail] President Lincoln on battle-field of Antietam...

Specific artifacts (images, manuscripts, maps, sound files) with analysis tools help students think like historians about a particular historical event or phenomenon.

  • “Abraham Lincoln.” 1865

    Abraham Lincoln Takes a National Role

    Speeches, correspondence, campaign materials and a map documenting the free and slave states in 1856 chronicle Lincoln’s rise to national prominence.

  • George Washington

    Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln: Three Great Presidents

    Images and documents that introduce three important U.S. presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. Especially suitable for early grades.

  • John Brown - extract taken from a song sheet

    The Civil War: The Nation Moves Towards War, 1850-61

    Conflict between abolition and slavery marked the 1850s, preceding the election of 1860 and the attack on Fort Sumter that started the Civil War. The Kansas-Nebraska Act, Dred Scott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, and secession in maps, newspapers, political cartoons and song sheets.