Lincoln and his Circle: Writings

Engraving: The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln by Francis Bicknell Carpenter (1830-1900)


Lincoln's complete writings are available online from a variety of sources, including the Abraham Lincoln Association's Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, hosted by the University of Michigan.

The selected writings provided here are intended specifically to meet the needs of a University of Rochester course, "Lincoln, Douglass and Black Freedom." The links will take readers to the website of the University of Michigan/Abraham Lincoln Association's "Collected Works of Lincoln." A companion page is available on the Frederick Douglass Project website examining the issues below using speeches and writings of Douglass.

Autobiographical Expressions



Douglass' View


Constitution/Union



Douglass' View


Slavery and American Freedom



Douglass' View


Politics of the Day (Local, State, National, and International)

  • A House Divided,” speech to the Republican State Convention, Springfield, Ill, June 16, 1858


Douglass' View


Lincoln-Douglas Debates:




Lincoln’s Election



Douglass' View


Secession and War



Douglass' View


War and Slavery



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Emancipation



Douglass' View


Civil War Matters



Douglass' View


Conduct of the War



Douglass' View


Reconstruction and Black Freedom



Douglass' View

The engraving of Francis Bicknell Carpenter's painting of the First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln is from the Department's own collection, and was at one time owned by William Henry Seward.

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