February 12: Abraham Lincoln
On this date in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Celebrate his birthday with our collection of illustrations, photographs, and audiobooks related to Abraham Lincoln’s life and legacy.
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An Autobiographical Sketch by Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln enjoyed telling stories of his youth and early manhood, but he wrote very little about himself. The following is the longest statement he has set down anywhere about his own life. Lit2Go Duration: 4 minutes, 44 seconds. PDF.
The Boy's Life of Lincoln
The Boy’s Life of Lincoln is a short biographical sketch of the President. Lit2Go Duration: 5 minutes, 53 seconds. PDF.
Home in Farmington
The childhood home of Abraham Lincoln in Farmington, Illinois. from the ClipArt ETC website.
Historic home of President Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln lived here from 1844 to 1861 before becoming the 16th President of the United States. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Lincoln Splitting Rails
Abraham Lincoln splitting rails from the ClipArt ETC website. Split rail fencing was common on the American frontier.
Mary Todd Lincoln
Mary Todd Lincoln was the wife of Abraham Lincoln. She served as First Lady from 1861 until 1865. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Illinois House of Representatives
The chamber of Illinois House of Representatives where Lincoln made his first speech in opposition to Douglas. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Election Map, 1860
A map of the United States showing the results of the presidential election of 1860. The map is color–coded to show the states carried by Lincoln (Republican), Breckinridge (Southern Democrat), Bell (Constitutional Union), and Douglas (Northern Democrat), with circles indicating the next highest vote for the candidate in respective color. From the Maps ETC website.
Lincoln reads his draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
The Gettysburg Address
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, 1865
Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, during his inauguration at the start of his second term as President of the United States. Lit2Go Duration: 4 minutes, 44 seconds. PDF.
The Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation from the Lit2Go website.Duration: 5 minutes. Reading Level: 12.0. Also available as a PDF.
Lincoln in Richmond
President Lincoln riding through Richmond, Va., April 4th, 1865, and the enthusiastic cheers of the inhabitants. from the ClipArt ETC website.
An engraved passage on the wall of the Soliders and Sailors’ Memorial Hall, featuring a quote by President Abraham Lincoln. Photo from the ClipPix ETC website.
Bronze life-mask of Abraham Lincoln, cast from an original mold in 1886.
Photograph from the ClipPix ETC website.
Ford’s Theatre, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated from the ClipArt ETC website.
Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. From the ClipArt ETC website.
The assassination of President Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth from the ClipArt ETC website.
John Wilkes Booth
John Wilkes Booth was an American stage actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865. Illustrationfrom the ClipArt ETC website.
Lincoln’s death, after being shot by John Wilkes Booth. Illustration from the ClipArt ETC website.
Lincoln Assassination Newspaper Headline
Headlines of the New York Herald from April 15, 1865 detailing the assassination of President Lincoln from the ClipPix ETC website.
Lincoln Assassination Newspaper Updates
Updates on the President’s condition from the New York Herald from April 15, 1865.
The reward poster ordered by the Secretary of War after President Lincoln’s assassination from the ClipArt ETC website.
In Memory of Abraham Lincoln
Frederick Douglass speaks at the unveiling of the Lincoln Monument (now known as the Emancipation Memorial) in Washington, D.C., April 14, 1876. The monument was paid for solely with funds donated from freed slaves Lit2Go Duration: 26 minutes, 23 seconds. PDF.
Lincoln by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Lincoln Memorial Photos
A large gallery of photographs of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, from the ClipPix ETC website.
Lincoln Monument in Oak Ridge Cemetery
The Lincoln monument in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois, from the ClipArt ETC website.