This online exhibition is narrated by James G. Basker, the president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It explores Lincoln’s legacy through letters and speeches written in his own hand.
These excerpts were chosen from more than 215 selections by 158 authors in the anthology.
Two hundred years after his birth, Abraham Lincoln’s historical importance endures. . . . A man for all times, Lincoln has become a global figure. People around the world take inspiration from the principles, words, and resolute leadership of the sixteenth President of the United States.
Edward L. Ayers is Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia where he is also the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History. Here he looks at the Civil War’s impact on the lives of people in two communities divided by the Mason-Dixon line, based on his book In the Presence of Mine Enemies, which was awarded the 2004 Bancroft Prize.