Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood

Bringing history –
and his story –
to life!

Activity #1: Stovepipe Hat Word Search

1. Fill in the missing words in the story below.
2. Find the same words in Mr. Lincoln's stovepipe hat and cross them out.
3. Unscramble the eight unused letters to fill in the missing word at the bottom.

Abraham Lincoln was born on  F                        12, 1809, in a log  c              in the State of  K                           .  He moved to Indiana when he was seven years old, and then to  I                         when he was 21 years old.  When Abe was young, the United States was growing very fast because many people were moving here from other countries; this is called  i                                 .  They came because our country was a "land of opportunity", and because we allowed religious and political  l                    .

By the 1840s, some Americans had come to believe that God had given us the whole land from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean to be our own; this idea was called " M                        Destiny."  When  g           was discovered in California, this caused even more people to move west and fill up the land.

There was a problem, however.  Ever since our nation began, States in the south had allowed  s                     while those in the north had not.  The boundary between the free States and the slave States was called the Mason-D             Line.

In the election for President in 1860, Mr. Lincoln's main opponent, Stephen  D                 , believed that each State should be able to decide for itself whether to allow slavery.  Mr. Lincoln wanted to contain slavery to those States where it already existed, with the hope that it would eventually end.  Mr. Lincoln was elected President, but soon most of the slave States  s                    from the Union to form the Confederate States of America, resulting in the Civil  W    .  People in the North called the people in the South "r                 ."

President Lincoln worked hard to end the war and bring the Union back together.  He also had to keep the country of England, which used the  c                   grown in the American south, from fighting for the Confederacy.  The most famous Confederate general was Robert E.  L      .  The Union general who finally defeated him was Ulysses S.  G            .  President Lincoln freed the slaves in the South by issuing the  E                                            Proclamation.

Mr. Lincoln often referred to God and quoted from the  B             in his speeches and letters.  For example, he used Jesus' saying that "A  h             divided against itself cannot stand" to explain that our nation couldn't continue on half free and half slave.  He also made  T                                       a national holiday.  Near the end of the war, Mr. Lincoln said that God  p                        us with the war because we allowed slavery to exist in our nation (see Second Inaugural Address).

President Lincoln's wife was  M          Todd.  The Lincolns had four sons: Robert, Edward, William, and Thomas, who was nicknamed "T     ."  President Lincoln himself was known as "Honest  A      ."

After crossing out these same words in Mr. Lincoln's stovepipe hat,
unscramble the eight unused letters to fill in the missing word below:

President Lincoln's goal was to __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ the Union.

[Feb. 12, 2005: I just found, and corrected, an error with one of the unused letters in the hat.
Please accept my apologies if you tried it before and got stuck!]

Check your answers.