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Lincoln's Legacy: Nation Building, Democracy and the Question of Race and Civil Rights

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Changing Perspectives on Lincoln, Race and Slavery. Brian Dirck. Magazine of History October 2007, 9-12
Dirck reflects the changing views of historians on Lincoln's relationship with African Americans. Brian Dirck is assistant professor of history at Anderson University.
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Lincoln and Colonization. Richard Blackett. Magazine of History October 2007, 19-22
Blackett describes Lincoln's position to slavery and colonization in the historic context.
Richard Blackett is Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.
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Lincoln and Leadership. Thomas E Schneider. Perspectives on Political Science Spring 2007, 69-72
This article combines different answers to the question: Is it appropriate to call Lincoln a "leader."
Thomas E Schneider teaches political science at Boston University.
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Lincoln on the Moral Bankruptcy of Slavery: Inside the Lincoln-Douglass Debates of 1858. David Blight. Magazine of History October 2007, 56-61
The main issue in the presidential debate between Lincoln and Douglass in 1858 was slavery. The article poses questions for further discussions about slavery based on speeches by Lincoln.
David Blight is Professor of American history at Yale University and director of the Gilman Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University.
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Lincoln, Race and Slavery: A Biographical Overview. Allen C Guelzo. Magazine of History October 2007, 14-17
Based on Lincoln's speeches, Guelzo describes the stages of development in Lincoln's position on slavery.
Allen C Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and director of the Civil War Era Studies at the Gettysburg College.
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“That All Mankind Should be Free”: Lincoln and African Americans. Thomas C Mackey. Magazine of History October 2007, 24-29
Mackey discusses Lincoln's position on slavery and related topics. He describes the expectations of the African Americans and the political accomplishments by Lincoln.
Thomas C Mackey is professor of history at the University of Louisville.
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Thomas Dixon’s A Man of the People: How Lincoln Saved the Union by Cracking Down on Civil Liberties. Thomas Brook. Law and Literature Spring 2008, 21-47
Brook Thomas analyzes the play A Man of the People: A Drama of Abraham Lincoln by Thomas Dixon. Written in 1920, the play shows how the Lincoln legend was used by Woodrow Wilson.
Brook Thomas is Chancellor's Professor of English at University of California, Irvine.
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Watch That Finger! Those Arms! Make Your Point! Allen C Guelzo and Kelvin Kendall Holland. America's Civil War March 2008, 56-61
Guelzo analyzes the debates between Lincoln and Douglas. He describes their style of presentations.
Allen C Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and director of the Civil War Era Studies at the Gettysburg College.
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Teacher Resources



Teaching Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Erin I. Bishop. Magazine of History January 2007, 39-41
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum opened in 2005. Bishop describes the education programs of the museum.
Erin I. Bishop is the director of education at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
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Teaching Lincoln at the Lincoln Museum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Sara Gabbard. Magazine of History January 2007, 42-43
Gabbard describes the work of the Lincoln Museum, especially the topic Lincoln and the Constitution.
Sara Gabbard is vice president and director of development at the Lincoln Museum in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
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Lesson Plans

A Complex Relationship: Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Michael Ryan-Kessler. Magazine of History October 2007, 42-48
Based on the words of Lincoln, the students will examine in this lesson Lincoln's attitude toward African Americans. Handouts with questions and quotes are given.
Michael Ryan-Kessler is a James Madison Memorial Foundation scholar and instructor at Waggener High School in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Learning About Lincoln
The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission commemorates the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, emphasizing the contribution of Lincoln's thoughts, ideals to America and the world. It is committed to providing teachers with lesson plans for students in secondary school, other classroom resources etc.

Lincoln, Race, and Slavery: 1856-1865. James Percoco. Magazine of History October 2007, 50-54
In this lesson plan students will explore the developments in Lincoln's attitudes on race between 1856 and 1865.
James Percoco teaches history at Springfield High School in Fairfax County, Virginia.
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Lincoln, Race, and Slavery Before 1858: The Key Documents. William Bartelt. Magazine of History October 2007, 31-35
This lesson plan concentrates on Lincoln's statements about slavery and race before 1858.
William Bartelt was a teacher at William Henry Harrison High School in Evensville, Indiana for over thirty years.
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Teaching with Images: Lincoln and African Americans
. Matthew McMichael. Magazine of History October 2007, 37-40
The author describes a lesson in which images help to develop the visual literacy of the students. The students will learn how to examine and analyze visual items.
Matthew McMichael is school services coordinator for the Indiana Historical Society and a certified Indiana school teacher.
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Web Sites, Blogs, and Multimedia Resources

Abraham Lincoln: A Legacy of Freedom. e-journal U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Information Programs, February 2009
The year 2009 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, and the man often considered its greatest leader. As the United States endured its greatest crisis, this self-educated common man supplied the leadership and the moral force that bound Americans together and carried them to victory. His vision spanned diplomacy and military strategy, political thought and elemental justice for all Americans --- including the African-American slaves he emancipated. The essays gathered here introduce readers to this “best and most widely acclaimed of all Americans.”
In eleven chapters differents views are presented. A photogallery shows the the life, vision and influence of Abraham Lincoln in pictures.

History Channel. Abraham Lincoln
This web site includes biographical information, a timeline, images, videos, speeches, and a quiz.

Ilinois Harvest. University of Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, Slavaery, and Civil War
This is a collection of digitized books about Abraham Lincoln from the University of Illinois and the Open Content Alliance. Included are biographies of and writings by Abraham Lincoln and his contemporaries; works pertaining to slavery in the United States and to the American Civil War.

Northern Illinois University. Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project
Lincoln/Net, the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project of the Northern Illinois University, presents historical materials from Abraham Lincoln's Illinois years (1830-1861), including Lincoln's writings and speeches, as well as other materials illuminating antebellum Illinois.

The Abraham Lincoln Association. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln
"In 1953, the Abraham Lincoln Association published The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, a multi-volume set of Lincoln's correspondence, speeches, and other writings.  Roy P. Basler and his editorial staff, with the continued support of the association, spent five years transcribing and annotating Lincoln's papers.  The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln represented the first major scholarly effort to collect and publish the complete writings of Abraham Lincoln, and the edition has remained an invaluable resource to Lincoln scholars. Through the efforts of the Abraham Lincoln Association, the edition is now available in electronic form."

The Abraham Lincoln Blog
This blog was initiated by Geoff Elliott from North Canton in Ohio. He writes about his blog: " I am not a professional historian, teacher, or author. Quite simply, I have been fascinated by Abraham Lincoln since my early youth and have studied his life extensively for more than 40 years. If the reader learns more about Mr. Lincoln's life by reading this blog, then my goal has been achieved. Comments and especially corrections are always welcome."

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Module: Civil War
"Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history...The Institute maintains this website to serve as a portal for American history on the Web; to offer high-quality educational material for teachers, students, historians, and the public..."
- History by Era: Abraham Lincoln
Website with includes speeches by historians about Lincoln ( audio files), recents essays and an online exhibition.

Yale University. The Avalon Project
The Avalon Project is a collection of documents in law, history and diplomacy in digital format.

Workshop Material

Narratives of the Civil War, Questions. Reinhard Isensee

Narratives of the Civil War, Bibliography. Reinhard Isensee

Civil War – Collection of web sites. Joerg Nagler
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Book Reviews

Abraham Lincoln, Politician Extraordinaire. Jason Emerson. America's Civil War September 2008, 64
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An Honest Calling: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln. Maxwell Bloomfield. The Journal of Southern History February 2008, 182-183
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Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America - Winthrop, Jefferson and Lincoln. Carson Holloway. Perspectives on Political Science Spring 2008, 111-112
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Labor, Free and Slave: Workingmen and the Anti-Slavery Movements in the United States. Herbert Shapiro. Science & Society April 2008, 252-254
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Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race. James D Schmidt. The Journal of the Southern History May 2008, 470-471
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Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race. Michael T Schmidt. The Journal of American History December 2007, 933-934
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Lincoln's Rise to the Presidency. Allen C Guelzo. The Journal of Southern History August 2008, 749-751
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The Eloquent President/ Lincoln' s Speeches Reconsidered. David Zarefsky. Rhetoric & Public Affairs Fall 2007, 539-544
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The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. James Brewer Stewart. Civil War History March 2008, 89-91
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The Urban South and the Coming of the Civil War. Thomas N Ingersoll. The Journal of American History June 2008, 211-212
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Toward His Bicentennial: Five More Books Assess Lincoln. Randall M Miller. Library Journal June 15, 2008, 78
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