This webpage was created to explore the global legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. Lincoln became an admired global figure during his life, but after 1865, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George explained, Lincoln “lost his nationality in death.”
Lincoln never traveled outside of the United States, yet he met, communicated with, and influenced people internationally from world leaders to ordinary folks. After his death, people around the world embraced all aspects of his being, from his humble beginnings to his inspirational words. Lincoln wanted to make his mark on the world; this website proves he fulfilled that ambition.
“Global Lincoln” is designed to provide a journey through time, to travel the world and to visit places and people who were inspired by Lincoln’s life story, Lincoln’s ideals, and most importantly, Lincoln’s words. Its contents is intended not just for the classroom teacher or the inquisitive student, but also for those who love to learn and love the scholarship that surrounds Lincoln.
This “Global Lincoln” website was created as a mulitmedia project for a graduate course titled “Understanding Lincoln,” offered by the partnership of Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Dickinson College. Matthew Pinsker, distinquished Lincoln scholar, guided participants through one hundred fifty of Lincoln’s most teachable documents, helping to promote “the study and love of American History” and “alter the landscape of Lincoln scholarship.”
This website was created by Lois MacMillan, an 8th grade teacher at South Middle School in Grants Pass, Oregon. She earned her National Board Certification in 2003 in Early Adolescence: History/Social Studies and was honored to receive in 2006 Oregon’s Gilder Lehrman United States History Teacher of the Year. Her love for Lincoln started with the 1984 fictional portrayal, Gore Vidal’s Lincoln: A Novel. Her passion for Lincoln’s immortal words at Gettysburg was reflected by her requirement that all three of her three sons memorize the “Gettysburg Address” in the third grade. After earning their undergraduate degrees in history, all three of her sons have gone on to serve their country. Her oldest son is a staff sargeant in the Air Force in Ramstein, Germany. He and her new daughter will be deployed in the second week of November. Her middle son is starting his Navy Rescue Swimmer training in Fort Lauderdale, following her youngest son who was also a Navy Rescue Swimmer.