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Lincoln bicentennial---Want to know more?

Posted on: Feb 2, 2009 @ 3:52:56 pm

February 12. It used to be a very special day for schoolkids! Long ago, before "Presidents Day" was invented, schools were closed on Lincoln's birthday (and on George Washington's birthday, February 22, too).

This year, February 12 has a special significance: 200 years ago, February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Yes, that's his profile on the penny, but what else do you know about him? You could sit back, take a snooze and wait for PBS and the History Channel to air some nice documentaries on Lincoln and his times. Or you can read up and amaze your friends, relatives and maybe even your instructors with some factual tidbits about Honest Abe.

If you search the UCF Library catalog, you'll find hundreds of books on Abraham Lincoln's life and his presidency. They range from the personal (The Lincolns : portrait of a marriage, Daniel Mark Epstein, E457.25 .E67 2008) to the political (Team of rivals : the political genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin, E457.45 .G66 2005).

OK, so you want to take a shortcut? Try the Biography Resource Center, or one of the databases on history, or even the Historical New York Times. Get to any of these from the list of databases,,



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