New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_3635
A photograph of Abraham Lincoln shortly before his death. Photographed by Alexander Gardner in Washington, D.C., 1865.
How does President Lincoln look in this in this picture? Is he older in this picture than in his circa 1848 portrait?
President Lincoln was only fifty-six years old in 1865. What events in his life made him look old before his time?
How are the stresses of the Civil War depicted by President Lincoln’s aging?
How do you think he felt in this picture?
What do you think he was like?
Why is he known as Honest Abe?
What characteristics did he have that made him a leader?
Do you think that he knew what he was doing was monumental?
Observe the clothes President Lincoln is wearing in this photograph. After researching men's clothing in the 1860s, draw and label various articles of clothing that American men wore at the time this photograph was taken. Then describe how men's fashions have changed since the 1860s and how they have stayed the same.
Math: About how many years passed between when Lincoln's earliest known photograph was taken and when this photograph was taken? About how old was President Lincoln when this photograph was taken?
Science: What were some of the photographic processes being used at the time this photograph was taken?
English Language Arts: This photograph was taken at the end of the Civil War after Lincoln had already been elected for a second term as President. Pretend you are President Lincoln and write about what you want to accomplish in your second term as President.
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Turner, Ann. Abe Lincoln Remembers. HarperCollins Children's Books, January 2003. ISBN: 0060511079
Freedman, Russel. Lincoln: A Photobiography. Houghton Mifflin Company, August 1989. ISBN: 0395518482