Lincoln’s Law Practice: The Resource

The Oscar-nominated movie, Lincoln, portrays the 16th President’s political life leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of the 13th Amendment (banning slavery in all U.S. states and territories) by the 38th Congress. Prior to assuming the Presidency, Lincoln had an active law practice in Illinois representing a wide variety of clients. Now, through the efforts of several educational institutions and foundations, a second edition of “The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln” has been made available online. A repository of primary sources, it includes over 90,000 multi-page images documenting cases and other legal activities in which Lincoln participated. A subject index and search engine provides the main access points. The image viewer allows the original handwritten documents to be enlarged, reduced, rotated, paged through and enhanced.

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