The Contents of Lincoln's Pockets

What do these items say about Lincoln?

What did Lincoln have in his pockets when he was assassinated? And so what? The contents of someone's pockets reveal a great deal about that person. What do you have in your pockets or bag? Let's take a look at what Lincoln had in his pockets and see what that says about President Lincoln.


Examine the photos of the contents of Lincoln's pockets below. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Your Writing Assignment

Module 12 Writing Assignment

Examine the contents above and then complete the following:


  1. Develop an analysis for each item that was in Lincoln's pockets the night he was assassinated. For each item, include a) a description of that item and b) an analysis of what that item might tell you about Lincoln or how this items shows a change over time.
  2. Write a paragraph about what is in your pockets and what these contents say about you.
  3. Write a paragraph about what a modern day president might have in his/her pockets.