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Presidents Day

How can we learn what past presidents thought and felt? Reading presidential letters gives students a chance to "hear" the professional and personal voices of presidents. FIND OUT MORE »

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Discover sources on the presidency

scene at Lincoln's deathbed

Accounts of Abraham Lincoln's dream of a presidential assassination vary, and [...] »

FDR during a 1934 Fireside Chat. LOC

Historian Allida Black analyzes FDR's April 28, 1935 Fireside Chat. What ideas [...] »

Democratic reformers in search of a head, Currier and Ives print, 1876

Their differing philosophies of government set the stage for the permanent [...] »

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Teaching Resources

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Lithograph, Abraham Lincoln of Illinois..., 1864, Gabriel Kaehrle, LOC

An interactive exploration of the decisions Abraham Lincoln had to make during [...] »

How do the buildings and artifacts at Mount Vernon reflect the lives of the [...] »

Poster, Out of the wilderness, Albert M. Bender, c.1939-1943, LoC

How do historians think about films like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln? Take a [...] »

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Test your presidential knowledge!

Woodcut on wove paper, "Union,"  c. 1848, Thomas W. Strong, Library of Congress

Decide whether these statements on the more-than-50-year-old tradition of [...] »

Screencap, Daisy ad, 1964, Living Room Candidate, Museum of the Moving Image

Johnson, Goldwater, and the politics of fear. [...] »

Photo, Lincoln Inaugural Bible, 2008, Michaela McNichol

The first day on the new job is difficult for everybody—including U.S. [...] »

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