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Civic Education


The Lincoln Bicentennial, and Lincoln’s central role in our nation’s history, offer a “teachable moment” for education programs geared toward civic education and citizenship. 

Educational materials (print and on-line versions) will be developed in multiple languages that focus on:

  • Lincoln’s biography:  humble beginnings to the White House
  • Lincoln’s political and economic philosophy: belief in every man’s the “right to rise,” veneration of the Declaration of Independence
  • Lincoln’s appeal to refugees from oppressive political regimesSignificant Lincoln writings with commentary:  The Gettysburg Address, Lincoln’s First Inaugural, Lincoln’s Second Inaugural 
  • Reflections on Lincoln’s global impact

These materials will be appropriate in a variety of settings including high school civics and social studies classrooms and citizenship classes.

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission will provide educational materials to organizations helping new immigrants studying to become U.S. citizens.

This preparation and study will culminate on Lincoln’s 200th birthday, February 12, 2009, with ceremonies across the country welcoming new citizens to our nation.