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Abraham Lincoln Book Shop Videos

The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop has produced short films about artifacts from the shop. You will be able to learn about the history of the artifacts from the period and see what is currently available in the shop as well. These videos are available for viewing at the Pasfield House.

Alexander Gardner: Lincoln’s Photographer
This video (approx. 9 minutes) tells the story of “ Lincoln 's Photographer,” Alexander Gardner. Gardner, a Scottish immigrant and outstanding photographer, evolved from being Matthew Brady's star image maker to owning his own Washington studio. His many fine images of Lincoln, of the Army of the Potomac, and of the dead of Gettysburg and Antietam are some of the first and finest documentary photographs in American history.

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Lincoln/Douglas Debates This video (approx. 10 minutes) examines the The Political Debates Between the Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephan A. Douglas. Considered the only published book authored by Abraham Lincoln, its publication helped launch Lincoln on the road to the Presidency. This program describes the publishing history of the Lincoln Douglas Debates and shows every known edition, as well as a rare inscribed book.

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The Martyred President
This video (approx. 10 minutes) presents some items from the mourning period following Lincoln's assassination. Living through the Civil War, then the first ever assassination of a U.S. president left our national psyche torn to shreds. The mourning process and related artifacts are a tangible reminder of our nation's collective grief over the murder of Abraham Lincoln.

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1860 Lincoln Campaign Biographies
This video (approx. 15 minutes) presents some Lincoln Campaign Biographies. At the time of Lincoln's nomination, our culture did not have the media tools that we have today. Campaign biographies were a way for the people to get to know the candidates. Often, they were produced quickly, in an inexpensive format. They were not meant to stand up to the ravages of time. Because of this, they are rare and can be difficult to find today.

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