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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
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"Lincoln and Liberty Too"
Abraham Lincoln campaign song
©Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Abraham Lincoln's Life Mask
1886

The face of the Great Emancipator
This bronze life mask was made from a plaster cast of Abraham Lincoln's face made at his Springfield, IL, home on the Sunday following his nomination for the presidency. Lincoln's victory in the November 6, 1860, election--without a single Southern electoral vote--revealed the depths of the split between the North and the South. Within a few weeks of the election, seven Southern states seceded from the Union. After the Secessionists attack on Fort Sumter, SC, on April 12, 1861, four other states joined them to form the Confederate States of America.

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Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809, near Hodgenville, KY; died April 15, 1865, Washington, DC
Mask was cast by Augustus St. Gaudens (1848-1907), the foremost American sculptor of the late 1800s

Learn more!
· Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
· Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
· Abolition
· Secession
· "Lincoln and Liberty Too," Abraham Lincoln campaign song

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