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An 11 year old's Letter and Lincoln's Beard

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

This teaching collection includes videos, portraits and lesson plans from the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American History. During Abraham Lincoln's campaign to become president, an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell wrote a letter suggesting he grow a beard to gain more votes. Of course, Lincoln's beard became iconic in imagery during his Presidency and throughout the Civil War.