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Mr. Lincoln's Attic III: Can a Letter Change History?

by by Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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by Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Grade Level
5-8, 9-12+

Subject
English/Language Arts, Social Studies


Created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, this lesson plan is part of a larger unit, which can be downloaded in its entirety in a pdf by clicking here. 

 
 
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In 1860, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell penned a letter to then presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting that he might "look a great deal better" with whiskers. Her letter touched Lincoln. In fact, he grew a beard. Grace Bedell met Lincoln in person the following year as his inaugural train journeyed to Washington, D.C. The meeting had a profound impact upon the rest of her life.