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The people will save their government, if the government itself will do its part only indifferently well.”– Message to Congress in Special Session, July 4, 1861

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Sam Brown’s Credit

[The Detroit Free Press, 9 January 1898, interviews 88-year-old Richard W. Thompson who recalls AL’s opinion of one claim:] I will say of your case that it suggests to me a story I once heard about Sam Brown, lawyer, in Illinois. This…

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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

Abraham Lincolns Contemporaries: Edwin Stanton

Abraham Lincolns Contemporaries: Edwin Stanton

War Department official Aide Charles Dana wrote that Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton was impulsive, warm-blooded, very quick in execution…

The Chicago Ministers

The Chicago Ministers

There is not one of you who would not see the country ruined, if you could turn out Seward.

Illinois Patronage

llinois Patronage

Patronage caused some of the biggest problems in Mr. Lincoln’s relationships with his Illinois friends.

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"The self-tutored lawyer from Illinois could not understand those 'don't care' politicians, such as Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who pretended indifference to involuntary servitude."

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