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National Teach-In

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National Teach-in - 1:30 PM

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, in partnership with History™, featured a National Teach-In on the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln broadcasted live from the National Archives in Washington, DC on the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.

The special live event featured Lincoln scholars, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Matthew Pinsker and Harold Holzer, sharing their expertise and answering students’ questions. 

Over 5,000 schools from the U.S. and countless more from nine different nations participated.  Preview the National Teach-in or watch the entire program: Part 1, Part 2.  

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin is an award-winning author and one of the nation's leading Lincoln historians.  Goodwin served as an assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson and helped draft his personal memoirs. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for her book No Ordinary Time:  Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt:  The American Homefront During World War II. She was awarded the Lincoln Prize in 2006 for her best-selling work Team of Rivals, about Lincoln's Cabinet. Goodwin serves on the Advisory Committee for the ALBC.
  • Harold Holzer is considered one of the country's top authorities on the political culture of the Civil War era.  A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer serves as co-chairman of the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  Winner of the Lincoln Prize for his book Lincoln at Cooper Union, Holzer is co-editor of In Lincoln’s Hand:  His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans (January 2009), the companion volume to the Library of Congress Lincoln exhibition.  Holzer's latest book, Lincoln President-Elect:  Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 details the 16th president's thoughts and actions during the four months between his election and inauguration.
  • Matthew Pinsker is the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College. He has published two books and numerous articles on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, including Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home (2003). He has served as a visiting fellow at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and leads annual K-12 teacher workshops on the Underground Railroad for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Pinsker serves on the Advisory Committee for the ALBC.

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The webcast sparked even more questions about our 16th president. Hundreds of you emailed questions.  Below is a sampling of those questions organized by category and answered by historians and Lincoln experts from the ALBC Advisory Committee: