The Lincoln Forum: Rediscovering Abraham Lincoln

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Each year, hundreds of scholars and other enthusiasts mark the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by gathering together in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the Lincoln Forum. There, leading historians reinterpret and rediscover the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Now the best recent Lincoln Forum essays are available in one volume, offering important reexaminations of Lincoln as military leader, communicator, family man, and icon. The contributors include James M. McPherson, Craig L. Symonds, John F. Marszalek, Jean H. Baker, Hans L. Trefousse, J. Tracy Power, John C. Waugh, Gerald Prokopowicz, and Frank J. Williams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823222148
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: North's Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 1,054,415
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Y. Simon is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University.

Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of the nation's leading authorities on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He served as co-chairman of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and has written, co-written, or edited 35 books.

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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments
1 Lincoln as Commander in Chief 1
2 Commander in Chief Lincoln and General Grant 16
3 "You Must Either Attack Richmond or Give Up the Job and Come to the Defence of Washington": Abraham Lincoln and the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign 34
4 Men, Machines, and Old Abe: Lincoln and the Civil War Navy 48
5 Abraham Lincoln and William T. Sherman: The Cause Was Union 65
6 "If I Had Gone Up There, I Could Have Whipped Them Myself": Lincoln's Military Fantasies 77
7 "In for Four Years More": The Army of Northern Virginia and the United States Presidential Election of 1864 93
8 "A Matter of Profound Wonder": The Women in Lincoln's Life 112
9 Mary Lincoln: Symbol, Historical Target, and Human Being 122
10 Abraham Lincoln's Body and Body Politic: Two Puzzles in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Political Language and Culture 135
11 The New Gettysburg Address: A Study in Illusion 160
12 Abraham Lincoln's Reputation during His Administration 187
13 The Lincoln Grail: The Great Collectors and Their Great Collections 211
Contributors 231
The Lincoln Forum 235
Index 245
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