ABOUT THIS WEB GUIDE
The material available on the Internet to scholars, teachers, students and the general
public about Lincoln and his times is vast and varied. We at Middletown Thrall Library
are presenting a small, select group of sites reflecting some of the most significant
information and scholarship currently available. Every effort has been made to suggest
useful sites with the full realization that there will always be both opposing historical
viewpoints and an enormously large body of ever changing information out there. It
remains the responsibility of the reader to sift through data, decide and evaluate
content accuracy and determine what individual, institution, agency or organization
has the best historical argument at any site.
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SELECT LINCOLN LINKS WITH RELATED TOPICS
LINCOLN: THE MAN, THE PRESIDENT
- Abraham Lincoln - a biography from the online Encyclopedia Americana.
- Abraham Lincoln Online - A vast, comprehensive site. A good starting point for almost any type of research. Especially check out students' education links, Lincoln's own words, FAQ's, biographies and writings about Lincoln.
- Abraham Lincoln Research Site - Created by an American history teacher with a life long interest in his subject this site focuses on Lincoln the man, Lincoln's assassination, Mary Todd Lincoln, and fascinating little known anecdotes from Lincoln's life.
- Presidents of the United States (POTUS) - From the Internet Public Library. Well organized and presented. Factual information about Lincoln, emphasizes his presidency with links to historical documents and other Internet sites.
- Accounts of this tragedy are found at numerous web sites. One of the most important is at the Library of Congress.
Take a look at the timeline and gallery of images from this time period.
LINCOLN'S LEGACY: WRITINGS AND SPEECHES
SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES
Slavery, and the prejudice it fostered, remains the central tragedy of American history according to the scholarship that created this exhibit. You may want to sample some of the web sites that speak about this terrible institution.
- Frederick Douglass Papers - The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African-American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher.
- From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909 - "396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics." From the Library of Congress' American Memory Exhibit.
- National Geographic: The Underground Railroad - An interactive and illustrated history of slavery and the Underground Railroad. Note: the drop-down menu at the top of their page leads to other related sections in their site.
- Slave Narratives - Excerpts from slave narratives and other related topics, including links to the Works Progress Administration's American Life Histories Project, are featured as important links from Yahoo's topical site. These links provide students of American history with powerful imagery and important primary source materials.
- Slave Narratives from the Library of Congress Federal Writers Project 1930s
- Timeline of Slavery in the United States - Taken from the Exploring Amistad at Mystic Seaport web site.
THE CIVIL WAR
The Civil War (1861-1865) is arguably the seminal event in American history. The Internet resources on this subject are vast and varied, with information for both the casual high school student and the serious scholar/expert.
- The American Civil War Homepage - Creatively presented, frequently updated, and nicely organized by a Ph.D. librarian from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville this large site is textually rich in resources.
- Civil War Resources on the Internet: Abolitionism to Reconstruction (1830's - 1890's) - A very large, very comprehensive gateway site created by two librarians, one a subject specialist (Ph.D.) at Rutgers University. Look at this site to get an idea of the scope of the subject matter -- general sites, manuscript collections of diaries, letters, papers, military histories, state studies, reconstruction era documents, bibliographies, civil war listservs, and more.
- Outline of the Civil War
- Outline of the Civil War is part of a larger website authored by Civil War and Lincoln Scholar Gordon Leidner. This outline would be particularly useful to students in understanding the background, events, and battles of the conflict.
- The United States Civil War Center - Created to promote the study of the Civil War from the perspectives of all professions, occupations, and academic disciplines through publications, programs, and a strong presence on the Internet. Housed on the campus of Louisiana State University, this award winning site has a wealth of information about the conflict. It has especially useful information, with links, for those individuals researching people of the Civil War Era.