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Abraham Lincoln: The Face of War

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Literature +2 Age Levels Intermediate (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (12 to 15 years old)

In lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, portraits of Lincoln introduce a study of the Civil War. An analysis of the portraits—including the famous “cracked-plate" photograph, two plaster “life masks," and an eyewitness drawing of Lincoln's arrival in the enemy capital of Richmond, Virginia—leads to an analysis of the times.

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Casts of Abraham Lincoln's Face and Hands

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Lincoln in Richmond

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Commemorative Print of the Emancipation Proclamation, 1864

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center