Exploring Abraham Lincoln

Exploring Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln: Myth and Man

A. Lincoln: A Biography

catalog link: A. Lincoln: A Biography by Ronald C. White B L736Wr

A biography of America's sixteenth president portrays Lincoln as a man of integrity whose moral compass holds the key to understanding his life, examining his speeches, his ideas on slavery, his religious odyssey, and his role as Commander-in-Chief.

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In Lincoln's Hand: His Original Manuscripts:

catalog link: In Lincoln's Hand: His Original Manuscripts by Abraham Lincoln 973.7092

A collection of writings includes images of a variety of handwritten speeches, letters, and childhood notebooks, accompanied by commentary by James M. McPherson, Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Updike, Toni Morrison, and other notables.

Abraham Lincoln

catalog link: Abraham Lincoln by Thomas Keneally B L736Ke

Insight into the life of the Civil War president, covering his early poverty and ambitions; the impact of religion, slavery, and business on his political views; the fateful twists of his election; and his grim day-to-day conduct of the war.

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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

cover photo:  The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter

In an alternate history novel, Lincoln escapes assassination by John Wilkes Booth only to face impeachment, and Abigail Canner, a young black woman involved in his defense, helps investigate the murder of the president's counsel.

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Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

catalog link: Commander in Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War by Albert Marrin 973.7 qM35c

Brings Lincoln to life by placing him in the context of his own personal background and the larger circumstances of the country's greatest conflict.

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The Day Lincoln Was Shot: An Illustrated Chronicle

catalog link: The Day Lincoln Was Shot: An Illustrated Chronicle by Richard Bak B qL736Bak

The book looks at the Civil War, the possibility that Booth was part of a Confederate Conspiracy, the assassination itself, the manhunt which followed, the trial and subsequent executions, and the films and other works which have transmitted the story down to our time.

The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows

catalog link: The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows by G. S. Boritt

An analysis of the historical events surrounding Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address challenges popular myths while discussing how several of the president's remarks took on new meanings throughout subsequent decades.

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Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America

catalog link: Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America by Allen C. Guelzo 973.68 G92L

An account of the famous open-air 1858 Senate election debates between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln provides insight into their political rivalry while gauging mid-nineteenth-century issues and how they affected local and presidential campaigns.

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Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President

catalog link: Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President by Edward Steers 973.7092 S81L

An historian and Lincoln expert scrutinizes some of the most notorious tall tales and distorted ideas about America's sixteenth president.

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Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln

catalog link: Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln by Gerald J. Prokopowicz 973.7092 P96d

Answers the most unusual, provocative, and frequently asked questions about Abraham Lincoln.

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Manhunt: The Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

catalog link: Manhunt: The Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson 364.1524 S97m

A fascinating and vivid account of the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin, takes readers along on the intensive search from the streets of Washington, D.C., through the swamps of Maryland, into the forests of Virginia, and into the lives of the men who pursued him.

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"We are Lincoln Men": Abraham Lincoln and His Friends

catalog link: "We are Lincoln Men": Abraham Lincoln and His Friends by David Herbert Donald 973.7092 D67w

Offers a new perspective on the private life of the Civil War president through an examination of his few friendships and close associations, which were marked by estrangements in the face of political differences.

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

catalog link: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin 973.7092 G65t

An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in winning the Civil War.

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Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

catalog link: Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson 973.7092 M17t

Evaluates Lincoln's talents as a commander in chief in spite of limited military experience, tracing the ways in which he worked with, or against, his senior commanders to defeat the Confederacy and reshape the presidential role.

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Two Roads to Sumter: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and the March to Civil War

catalog link: Two Roads to Sumter: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and the March to Civil War by William Bruce Catton 973.711 C36t

By showing how these two major figures--both Kentucky-born--developed divergent attitudes, the book simultaneously reveals why the North and South became increasingly isolated from each other during the 1850s, and why war became inevitable.

The Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln

catalog link: The Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln by Kenneth J. Winkle B L736Win

Essential to the myth of Lincoln is the log cabin: the 16th president's humble origins made his rise to the White House astounding. This book puts Lincoln’s rise from “frontier poverty” to the presidency in sociocultural context, from his strained relationship with his father to his turbulent courtship of Mary Todd.

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Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Lincoln, Darwin, and Modern Life

catalog link: Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Lincoln, Darwin, and Modern Life by Adam Gopnik 973.7092

A dual bicentennial biography of two men, born the same day an ocean apart, whose lives and work would transform humankind's understanding of itself, reveals how the writings of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin altered our views of the world.

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Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries

catalog link: Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries by Daniel Mark Epstein 973.7092

A portrait of the sixteenth president as viewed by his three young private secretaries describes the personal factors that affected their influence on Lincoln's career, from Nicolay's long-distance engagement to a childhood sweetheart, to Hay's romance with a famous married actress, to Stoddard's obsession with gambling in the gold market.

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Summers with Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments

catalog link: Summers with Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments by James A. Percoco 973.7092 P42m

Anticipating the 2009 bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the author, a high school history teacher, studies memorials of the President to learn what they meant at their unveiling and what they still teach today.

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The Emancipator's Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln

catalog link: The Emancipator's Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln by Barbara Hambly

In 1865, in the wake of her husband's assassination, Mary Todd Lincoln struggles to cope amid the animosity and confusion that surrounds her, in a historical novel that captures the saga of one of the most misunderstood women in American history, from her privileged youth in the South to the difficulties of her later years.

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Henry and Clara

catalog link: Henry and Clara by Thomas Mallon

Stepsiblings Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris sit in President Lincoln's box on the night he is assassinated, and afterward, they marry and have children.

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The Stalking Horse

catalog link: The Stalking Horse by Miriam Grace Monfredo

In the fifth Seneca Falls mystery, librarian Glynis Tryon's niece Llyr tries to stop an attempt to assassinate Abraham Lincoln in 1861.

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Mary

catalog link: Mary by Janis Cooke Newman

While residing in Bellevue Place Sanitarium, Mary Todd Lincoln shares her life story, from her childhood in Kentucky to her marriage to Abraham Lincoln and beyond.

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Freedom

cover photo: Freedom by William Safire

Lincoln suspends habeas corpus at the beginning of the Civil War and events unfold until he signs the Emancipation Proclamation.

Love is Eternal: A Novel About Mary Todd Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln

by Irving Stone

Mary Todd Lincoln devotes herself to family and to her husband Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln

catalog link: Lincoln by Gore Vidal

Abraham Lincoln overcomes almost insurmountable odds to show his leadership during the Civil War.

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