Understanding Lincoln: Close Readings of Lincoln Documents

Course Description

This series of 25 videos on key Lincoln documents supports an online graduate course offered jointly by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and Dickinson College. Each document is presented and described by Matthew Pinsker, the Brian C. Pohanka '77 Faculty Chair in American Civil War History at Dickinson College.

No one would have appreciated the power of online education more than Abraham Lincoln, one of the great self-made, lifelong learners in world history. This course, taught by Lincoln scholar and digital history pioneer Matthew Pinsker, aspires to create a learning experience that Lincoln himself would have embraced. We will focus our study on five popular characterizations applied to the sixteenth president during and after his life: the Railsplitter, Honest Abe, Father Abraham, the Great Emancipator, and Savior of the Union. We will critically examine each of these themes in order to understand their origins and assess their validity. In the process, students will gain a better understanding of Lincoln as a man and a president.

Understanding Lincoln: Close Readings of Lincoln Documents
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

Visit the official course website for more study materials: www.gilderlehrman.org/lincoln

# Lecture Play Lecture
1 Understanding Lincoln: First Campaign Statement (1832) Play Video
2 Understanding Lincoln: Lyceum Address (1838) Play Video
3 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Williamson Durley (1845) Play Video
4 Understanding Lincoln: Handbill on Infidelity (1846) Play Video
5 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Mary Todd Lincoln (1848) Play Video
6 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to William Herndon (1848) Play Video
7 Understanding Lincoln: Notes for Law Lecture (1850) Play Video
8 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to John Johnston (1851) Play Video
9 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Richard Yates (1854) Play Video
10 Understanding Lincoln: House Divided Speech (1858) Play Video
11 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Judd (1858) Play Video
12 Understanding Lincoln: Autobiographical Sketch (1859) Play Video
13 Understanding Lincoln: Cooper Union Speech (1860) Play Video
14 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Grace Bedell (1860) Play Video
15 Understanding Lincoln: First Inaugural Address (1861) Play Video
16 Understanding Lincoln: First Draft of Emancipation (1862) Play Video
17 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Reverdy Johnson (1862) Play Video
18 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Greeley (1862) Play Video
19 Understanding Lincoln: Emancipation Proclamation (1863) Play Video
20 Understanding Lincoln: Gettysburg Address (1863) Play Video
21 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Joseph Hooker (1863) Play Video
22 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Albert Hodges (1864) Play Video
23 Understanding Lincoln: The Blind Memorandum (1864) Play Video
24 Understanding Lincoln: Letter to Grant (1865) Play Video
25 Understanding Lincoln: Second Inaugural Address (1865) Play Video


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