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Topic  Seventy-three: President Lincoln Portrait READINGS Puzzle


      Search this photo of President Lincoln by clicking objects or details and find "14" interesting readings concerning the President during his Springfield years.  Print this page if you like and check off each reading as you find them.  You will then read the articles and complete part two  by answering the questions about each reading. 

Three Lincoln-in-Springfield study areas will be included

Included in each area will be a short reading that provides information to complete the activity in the Study Area.  Also will be displays of pictures, documents and other items to illustrate the Study Area.
 The articles for each area will be printed in a booklet form. 
 Here are the Study Areas with themes and activity for each:
 1. Life with the Lincolns in Springfield 1840's through late 1859's:  Mary's social life; The Lincoln boys; Politics of the times; The Lincolns leave Springfield in 1861.   The girls will get to learn about Mary and her sister Elizabeth's social life, cooking, the "fan" and the "gloves."  Boys will learn about the Lincoln household including food, boys' play, and the Lincoln animals, as well as appropriate behavior for teen boys in Springfield high society.

 2. Life for a black person in Illinois during the 1840's and 1850's:  The Fugitive Slave Law and the Black Laws of Illinois.  Students will consider Illinois in a new light--a dark light.  Illinois was a free state, but African-Americans were often in-danger in this state.  What was it like to be a free-man in Illinois, or a runaway slave?

 3. Abraham's law career, his law office, the 8th Circuit, famous cases. Who was Lincoln's most important client?  What kind of cases did he take on?  What was the 8th Circuit?  Who was Judge David Davis?  Four famous cases to consider. 

Click Here for Part Two Directions  to complete this reading activity

 Good luck finding and reading the readings.


Scan the Photo to locate each hotspot hyperlink.  Click the

 link to visit each site.

President Abraham Lincoln, 1863



4   Lincoln's right eye


Lincoln becomes a lawyer; the bar exam
12   Lincolns glasses


Lincoln awakens to politics/spread of slavery
11   Lincoln's bow tie


Columbia Oratory: slave and slave master dialogue
2   Lincoln's right ear


The Lincoln's Springfield home; the only home they would ever own
5   Lincolns left eye


Illinois Black Laws; blacks in Illinois (free or runaways)
10   Table Top


Lincoln the lawyer and the 8th Circuit
11   Book


Lincoln's Farewell Address; leaves Illinois forever
9   Cloth


Lincoln the lawyer; Matson Slave Trial
8   Lincoln's watch chain


Lincoln the lawyer; three famous cases
1   Lincoln's mouth


Abraham Lincoln moves to Springfield
7   Lincoln's nose


Abraham and Mary Lincoln's family
6   Lincoln's beard


The Lincoln boys
13   Table stand


The Code of the fan and the secrets of the gloves (social life in high society, Springfield)


  Lincoln's left arm


The slave industry in the South

Click Here for Part Two: Lincoln Presidential Readings activity

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