Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about Abraham Lincoln.
American Treasures of the Library of Congress (Exhibition) Enter the term "Abraham Lincoln" in the search box at the top of the page to locate more than 25 entries related to Lincoln. Highlights include a page from his student sum book, the final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation and the first draft of the Gettysburg Address.
Civil War Photograph Album (Document) Explore images of Civil War personalities in this photo album assembled by John Hay, personal secretary to President Abraham Lincoln.
The Contents of Lincoln's Pockets (Rare Book) View high resolution images of the items that were in Lincoln's pockets on the evening of his assasination. Learn more in this American Treasures exhibition entry.
Honestly Abe, Is That You? (Wise Guide) Read about the recent discovery of three glass negatives that reveal details of Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration.
I Spy - Lincoln's Inauguration (Online Activity) Explore this photograph taken at Lincoln’s second inaugural address on March 4, 1865.
Jump Back in Time: April 14, 1865 (The Assassination of President Lincoln) (America's Library) Read about Lincoln's assassination.
Jump Back in Time: Civil War (America's Library) Link to more than 35 Civil War stories. Scroll through the list to find stories related to Abraham Lincoln.
Jump Back in Time: February 9, 1888 (Walt Whitman) (America's Library) Learn about O Captain! My Captain! - Walt Whitman's poem about Abraham Lincoln.
Jump Back in Time: November 19, 1863 (America's Library) Read about Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address.
Life Mask of Abraham Lincoln (Rare Book) This life mask was taken by Leonard Wells Volck during the Lincoln/Douglas debates.
Lincoln Slide Show (Prints and Photographs) View a slide show of Abraham Lincoln images ranging from his earliest known photograph taken at age 37 to a March 1865 photograph taken on the balcony at the White House.
Meet Amazing Americans: Abraham Lincoln (America's Library) Learn about America’s 16th president. Read other stories about his youth, his sense of humor and what was in his pockets on the night he died.
Today in History (April 14, 1865) The Assassination of President Lincoln (Today in History) On this date actor John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., and fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln.
Today in History (April 16, 1862) Abolition in the District of Columbia (Today in History) On this date Abraham Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia.
Today in History (February 9, 1888) O Captain! My Captain! (Today in History) Read about the poem Whitman wrote in response to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Today in History (March 4, 1861) Abraham Lincoln's First Inauguration (Today in History) Lincoln was sworn in as the sixteenth president of the United States.
Today in History (November 19, 1863) Gettysburg Address (Today in History) On this date President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech at the close of ceremonies dedicating the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Today in History (September 22, 1862) Emancipation Proclamation (Today in History) On this date Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, threatening to free all the slaves in the states in rebellion if those states did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863.