Young Lincoln Reading
Abraham Lincoln had very little schooling, like many children who lived on the frontier. But he had a strong desire to learn, and he read books at night by the light of the fire in his family’s cabin.
Lincoln Debates Slavery
In 1858, Abraham Lincoln ran for a seat in the United States Senate. He took a stand against slavery in a series of debates against his opponent. Lincoln did not win that election, but he was chosen to be a presidential candidate in 1860.
Lincoln with Union Troops
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln visited Union troops in Maryland at the site of the Battle of Antietam. It was the bloodiest one-day battle of the Civil War. In this picture, Lincoln is standing in the center wearing a long coat and a top hat.
Lincoln Declares Slaves Free
In January 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation officially freed all slaves in the “rebellious states” of the Confederacy. In this picture, Lincoln presents the proclamation to his Cabinet of advisers.
Lincoln Is Killed
On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died the next morning.