Learning Lincoln On-line





     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 considered.   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. 





    Table Top


    Lincoln's right eye


  Lincoln's watch chain




    Lincolns glasses


  Lincoln's mouth


    Table stand


    Lincoln's bow tie


  Lincoln's nose


    Lincoln's left arm


    Lincoln's right ear


  Lincoln's beard


          Lincolns left eye


           President Abraham Lincoln,  1863


Here are the Topics and Links

Reading #1  Abraham and Mary move to Springfield Reading #2  The Year of Secession


Reading #3  Fort Sumter Surrenders to Confederates Reading #4 After Secession, President Sides with Unity
Reading #5  The Battle of Bull Run Reading #6 Author Walt Whitman tells of the Presidential Summer Home
Reading #7  Mary Lincoln dislikes Gen. McClellen Reading #8 The Presidential Secretaries:  John Hay and John Nicholas
Reading #9  First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln Biography Reading #10 Lincoln Presidential Meetings with Abolitionists
Reading #11 President-Elect Baltimore Assassination thwarted Reading #12  Emancipation of Slaves in Confederate States
Reading #13 President Lincoln's Strange "Assassination" Dream Reading #14  President Lincoln is Assassinated
Reading #15 President Lincoln Assassinated: Todd and Mary Grieve Reading #16 Abraham Lincoln Biography

Lincoln Readings Answer Key

Part Two: Lincoln Presidential Readings Activity

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