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Abraham Lincoln and the West 1809–1860
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The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
“I Have Always Hated Slavery”
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“The Fiery Trial”
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“Now, He Belongs to the Ages”
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- Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838
- ‘Spot’ Resolutions in the United States House of Representatives, December 22, 1847
- Speech in the United States House of Representatives on Internal Improvements, June 20, 1848
- Eulogy on Henry Clay, July 6, 1852
- Speech at Peoria, October 16, 1854
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- Speech at Chicago, July 10, 1858
- Autobiography Written for John L. Scripps, c. June 1860
- First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861
- Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation,
- Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862
- Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863
- The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
- Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865
- Last Public Address, April 11, 1865