Booth: The Final Days
Abraham LincolnVideo Clip (3:48)
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Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success.
America and the Civil War
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Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.
Abraham Lincoln's Family Life
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Abraham Lincoln was an unlikely family man, but marriage and fatherhood helped him lead the nation through crisis.
Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech
Lincoln's Most Pivotal SpeechVideo Clip (3:02)
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Which of President Lincoln's many eloquent speeches was the most important?
What was in Lincoln's Pockets?
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Ordinary items such as spectacles, a handkerchief and confederate cash were discovered inside the pockets of President Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated.
The Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation ProclamationVideo Clip (2:14)
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Issued after the Union victory at Antietam, the Emancipation Proclamation had both moral and strategic implications for the ongoing Civil War.
The Gettysburg Address
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Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is regarded as one of the most powerful and poignant speeches in American history.
Civil War in One Word
Civil War in One WordVideo Clip (1:13)
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If you had just one word to describe the Civil War, what would it be?
John Wilkes Booth Wanted Poster
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Five days after Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot, authorities distributed posters promising a large reward for the capture of his assassin: John Wilkes Booth.
The Original Gettysburg Address
The Original Gettysburg AddressVideo Clip (2:58)
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Original or facsimile? The original Gettysburg Address bears creases in it it from when Abraham Lincoln placed it in his pocket.
Legacy of the Civil War
Legacy of the Civil WarVideo Clip (1:22)
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One hundred and fifty years after it began, the Civil War is still an important component of our national character.
Civil War Turning Point
Civil War Turning PointVideo Clip (3:08)
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Find out what event turned the tide of the Civil War.
Civil War's Greatest Myth
Civil War's Greatest MythVideo Clip (2:41)
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What you think you know about the Civil War may not be the whole truth.
Lincoln's Inaugural Bible
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Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using a Bible purchased for the occasion. The ceremony was witnessed by Clark of the Supreme Court, William Thomas Carrol, who recorded the occasion in the Bible, which has special significance for President Obama.
Lincoln's Grammar Book
Lincoln's Grammar BookVideo Clip (2:25)
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Abraham Lincoln devoted intense effort to self-education through reading. His grammar book survives as a testament to this self-made man's pursuit of knowledge.
Lincoln's Life Masks
Lincoln's Life MasksVideo Clip (1:43)
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Life masks of Abraham Lincoln taken in 1860 and 1865 reveal the physical changes that the president experienced during four years of war.
Lincoln's DepressionVideo Clip (2:08)
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Abraham Lincoln was plagued by bouts of melancholy and depression throughout his life.
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural
Abraham Lincoln's Second InauguralVideo Clip (2:11)
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Lincoln's second inaugural address somberly intoned the sacrifices made to end slavery and preserve the Union while calling for mutual forgiveness between North and South as the work of rebuilding began.
Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech
Abraham Lincoln's House Divided SpeechVideo Clip (2:31)
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Abraham Lincoln's 1858 "House Divided" speech catapults him into the national consciousness with its bold moral assessment of the future of American slavery.
The Lincoln Legacy
The Lincoln LegacyVideo Clip (3:49)
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President Abraham Lincoln presents his vision for America during his Second Inaugural Address, but his life is cut short by an assassin before he can bring it to fruition.
Lincoln Issues the Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln Issues the Emancipation ProclamationVideo Clip (2:31)
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The Emancipation Proclamation refocuses the purpose of the Civil War to address the issue of slavery.
The Final Days of John Wilkes Booth
The Final Days of John Wilkes BoothVideo Clip (2:59)
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After a 12-day manhunt, Union soldiers catch up to presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice David Herold.
On the Trail of John Wilkes Booth
On the Trail of John Wilkes BoothVideo Clip (2:11)
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Did John Wilkes Booth really die 12 days after assassinating Abraham Lincoln, or did he secretly escape with Confederate aid?
The Assassination of Lincoln
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John Wilkes Booth had unobstructed access to President Lincoln on the night of his assassination at Ford's Theater.
The Aftermath of the Lincoln Assassination
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A stunned nation launches a massive manhunt for President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
The Diary of Lincoln's Assassin
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As a fugitive on the run, John Wilkes Booth recorded his version of the Lincoln assassination in a diary, but some of his secrets are lost to history.
Photo Galleries (4)
Abraham Lincoln(19 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
Faces of the Civil War
Faces of the Civil War(28 Photos)
The Library of Congress recently acquired a rare collection of nearly 700 Civil War-era ambrotype and tintype photographs, donated by the Liljenquist family.
Civil War: Union Military Leaders
Civil War: Union Military Leaders(13 Photos)
View images of Union leaders from the Civil War, like Abraham Linoln and Ulysses S. Grant, and learn more about the roles they played in this bloody engagment.
Civil War: Artifacts
Civil War: Artifacts(9 Photos)
Explore Civil War artifacts, from medical kits and personal hygiene items, to carbines and currency.
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