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The slave-breeders and slave-traders, are a small, odious and detested class, among you; and yet in politics, they dictate the course of all of you, and are as completely your masters, as you are the master of your own negroes.”– Letter to Joshua Speed, August 24, 1855

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“Gentlemen, I must tell you a little story I read one day when I was minding a mudscow in one of the bayous near the Yazoo. A certain kind had a minister upon whose judgment he always depended, just as I do upon my friend…

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Abraham Lincoln in Depth

Abraham Lincoln’s Moods
“Lincoln was a curious – mysterious – quite an incomprehensible man,” wrote William H. Herndon shortly before he died... Read more   View more articles

Cartoon Corner

lincoln-moods President Lincoln enjoyed humor. Many Americans enjoyed making fun of the President. Some of the most recognizable cartoons were published in Harper’s Weekly, a New York City periodical ... Read more

The Spread of Slavery

The Spread of Slavery

This interactive map shows how slavery spread across the United States and its territories from 1844- 1863.

Emilie (Emily) Todd Helm

Emilie (Emily) Todd Helm

Half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, she first came to the White House in December 1863.

Abraham Lincoln and His Secretaries

Abraham Lincoln and His Secretaries

No one had a better vantage point to observe President Abraham Lincoln than his two principle secretaries, John Hay and John Nicolay.

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