March 23, 2020

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln: An Amazing Man, an Amazing President

Abraham Lincoln was the United States president during the Civil War, and he guided the Union forces to victory, thus ending slavery in America. He was an amazing man and an amazing leader.

Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He understood the importance of education, so even when he couldn’t attend school regularly, he continued to educate himself by reading books at night.

Lincoln became a successful lawyer in Springfield, Illinois. After serving in state government, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, and he was elected President of the United States in 1860, and he held that office during the difficult days of the Civil War (1861-1865). 

It’s been over 150 years since he died, and today many places, things, companies and products are named named for Lincoln. He earned every honor because when times got tough, he followed his conscience. That made him a great president and a great man.

Today's Podcast

Podcast #4: A Brief History of Abraham Lincoln

Today's Video:

More Fun Facts About Honest Abe Lincoln 

Fun Fact: Abraham Lincoln was 6 feet 4 inches tall. That was extremely tall for his time. And to make himself look even taller, he often wore a big, black stovepipe hat.

Fun Fact: Lincoln was the first president to use the telegraph.

Fun Fact: Abraham Lincoln did not have a middle name.

Fun Fact: Lincoln had only 18 months of formal schooling. But he was an avid reader who taught himself well enough to become a very successful lawyer.

Fun Fact: Lincoln read the Bible every day, but he didn’t belong to an organized church.

Fun Fact: In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed a National Thanksgiving Day. Americans have been celebrating Thanksgiving ever since.

Just for fun, see what you learned on the

Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin. Which state was he born in? Was it Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, or New York?

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky.

Was Abraham Lincoln president during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, or World War II?

He was president during the Civil War, which took place from 1861 to 1865.

Abraham Lincoln was responsible for proclaiming a very popular national holiday. Was it Halloween, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, or Groundhog Day?

In 1863, Mr. Lincoln announced that Americans would celebrate an offical day of national thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November.  

Did Abraham Lincoln go to traditional schools, or did he spend most of his time as a homeschooler?

For most of his life, Abe was a homeschooler. In fact, he only attended formal schooling for 18 months, so he loved books and taught himself at home. 

Now It’s Time for a Few Words of Wisdom from Mr. Lincoln

“You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”

Your own resolution to success is more important than any other thing.”

“I don’t know who my grandfather was; I’m much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.”

“Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.”

More Fun Facts About President Lincoln’s Home State: Illinois

It’s a Fact: The capital of Illinois is Springfield. Springfield is the town where Abraham Lincoln was a well known lawyer (before he became president).

It’s a Fact: The largest city in Illinois (by far) is Chicago. When you count both the city and its suburbs, almost 10 million people live there. That makes it the third largest metropolitan area in America.

It’s a Fact: The world’s first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885. It was 10 stories tall.

It’s a Fact: Metropolis is the comic-book home of Superman. Metropolis, Illinois is a small town that call itself “The Hometown of Superman.” They have a 15-foot statue of Superman on the town square and a street called Lois Lane..

It’s a Fact: The abbreviation for Illinois is IL.

Well, you’ve amost reached the end of today’s Homeschool Express. But before you go, here’s something for you: a riddle.

Today's End-of-the-Line Riddle:
Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
At the bottom!

If you like the Homeschool Express, you should take a look at The Mystery Ryders, a series of chapter books about a homeschooling family that lives on a train, at least some of the time.