The Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes project seeks to commemorate historically significant Americans and provide educational materials about their lives and legacies for the American public. This page provides access to NEH-funded films, magazine articles, digitized collections of presidential papers, and classroom-ready materials on these outstanding Americans.
On April 14 we commemorate the death of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The years in which Lincoln served as president, 1861–1865, were among the most momentous in America’s history. A month after his election, South Carolina seceded from the Union, triggering a four-year conflict that would leave nearly a million Americans dead or wounded, four million slaves free, and a nation changed forever.