This exhibition commemorates the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the nation’s revered sixteenth president. More than a chronological account of the life of Abraham Lincoln, the exhibition reveals Lincoln the man, whose thoughts, words, and actions were deeply affected by personal experiences and pivotal historic events.
The Abraham Lincoln historical collection of the Law Library of Congress vividly illustrates three periods in which the law played a prominent part of the Lincoln era: Lincoln the Lawyer, Habeas Corpus and the War Powers of the President, and The Assassination: Trials. Each era includes the full text of several items from the Rare Book Collection of the Law Library of Congress.
Search PPOC using the subject heading "Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865" to find digital images related to Lincoln, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase "Abraham Lincoln" to locate additional images.
The Library of Congress digital collections include a wide variety of primary source materials documenting presidential inaugurations, including Lincoln's first inauguration in 1861 and his second inauguration in 1865.
On February 9, 1888, Walt Whitman penned a note to the publishers of The Riverside Literature Series No. 32 calling attention to mistakes in their recently printed version of his poem, "O Captain! My Captain!" Whitman originally wrote "O Captain! My Captain!" in response to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
On April 16, 1862, President Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, an important step in the long road toward full emancipation and enfranchisement for African Americans.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862. The act provided settlers with 160 acres of surveyed public land after payment of a filing fee and five years of continuous residence.
On September 22, 1862, President 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.
The Manuscript and the Rare Book & Special Collections Divisions of the Library of Congress and the Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic sponsored this symposium. Presentations by five nationally-respected scholars were featured at the symposium: William Lee Miller, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ronald C. White Jr., Edward Steers Jr., and John R. Sellers.
Attorney and Lincoln scholar James L. Swanson discussed his best-selling book, Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, in a program sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book. Swanson also discussed his book at the 2007 National Book Festival.
Lincoln scholar Douglas L. Wilson discussed his new book, Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words, in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book. Wilson also discussed his book at the 2007 National Book Festival.