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        Library of Congress: Media Gallery | Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln: Three Great Presidents

        In its first 100 years as a nation, the United States was fortunate to have a number of remarkable presidents. Even now, three of those early presidents are consistently ranked as among the nation’s greatest: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. This primary source set from the Library of Congress includes four documents for each of these great presidents, and a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

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        Jefferson's First Draft of the Declaration of Independence

        See Jefferson's most famous document, the Declaration of Independence, which declared the colonies as a separate entity from Great Britain and began the Revolutionary war.

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        Teacher's Guide: Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln — Three Great Presidents

        In its first 100 years as a nation, the United States was fortunate to have a number of remarkable presidents. Even now, three of those early presidents are consistently ranked as among the nation’s greatest: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. This primary source set from the Library of Congress includes four documents for each of these great presidents, and a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

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        Washington at Valley Forge

        George Washington was an American hero long before he became president. As the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, he led colonial troops through many dire situations, including a long, difficult winter encampment in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

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        President Thomas Jefferson

        Thomas Jefferson played a major role in the American colonies’ struggle to gain independence from Britain. He is perhaps best known as the main author of the Declaration of Independence.

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        The Washington Family

        George Washington led a private life with his family at his plantation at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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        The National Mall

        The monuments on the National Mall were built to honor George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln and their contributions in defining and shaping The United States of America.

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        Monticello

        Thomas Jefferson designed his home in Monticello, located in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also established the University of Virginia in this area.

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        President Abraham Lincoln

        President Abraham Lincoln had to confront two of the most difficult tasks ever faced by a U.S. president—attempting to hold the nation together in the face of secession and then leading it through four years of civil war. He was assassinated in 1865, just days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered on behalf of the Confederacy.

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        The Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool

        The Lincoln memorial is dedicated to the memory of President Lincoln, who led the United States through a period of civil war and abolished slavery.

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        President Lincoln and His Family

        This portrait shows President Lincoln and his family. Lincoln sits at the left end of a table with his son Thomas sitting next to him. His wife Mary Todd is sitting on the right, and their eldest son, Robert Todd, is standing behind the table.

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        The Jefferson Memorial

        The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third president of the United States. The neoclassical building was designed by John Russell Pope. It was built by Philadelphia contractor John McShain. Construction began in 1939, the building was completed in 1943, and the bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947.

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        President George Washington

        George Washington served as commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He continued to serve his country in other ways afterward—first as the president of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, and then as the nation’s first president in 1789. He kept the United States out of European wars, helped to unite the nation, and established the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government.

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        President Lincoln at Antietam

        Abraham Lincoln led the United States through the Civil War. This is a photograph from the main eastern theater of the war with General McClellan (Battle of Antietam, September-October 1862.)

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