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U.S. History Topics » Government » Presidents

One Life: The Mask of Lincoln

celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), with an online exhibit of 30 portraits aimed "to show the changing face that Abraham Lincoln presented to the world as he led the fight for the Union." Select "audio tour" to hear answers to questions, such as: How did Lincoln try to manage the explosiveness of the Emancipation Proclamation? How does a photo at his second inaugural (March 4, 1865) foreshadow his death? (National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)

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Lincoln had a powerful impact, ranging from love to hate, on his fellow Americans. His appearance disarmed people, causing both his friends, rivals, and enemies to underestimate him. The northern political establishment, including his own cabinet, was continually astonished that this seeming country bumpkin was able to outwit them politically and outthink them intellectually.
Abraham Lincoln, Clark Mills.  Plaster, c. 1917 cast after 1865 original.  National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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