Ubiquitous and enigmatic, the historical Lincoln, the literary Lincoln, even the cinematic Lincoln have all proved both fascinating and irresistible. Though some 16,000 books have been written about him, there is always more to say, new aspects of his life to consider, new facets of his persona to explore. Enlightening and entertaining, Exploring Lincoln offers a selection of sixteen papers presented at the Lincoln Forum symposia over the past three years.
Shining new light on particular aspects of Lincoln and his tragically abbreviated presidency, Exploring Lincoln presents a compelling snapshot of current Lincoln scholarship and a fascinating window into understanding America’s greatest president.
About the Author
Harold Holzer is Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and one of the nation’s leading authorities on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He is chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and has written, co-written, or edited forty-seven books, most recently Lincoln and the Power of the Press.
Craig L. Symonds is Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of many books on Civil War and naval history. He won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize in 2005, The Lincoln Prize (with James M. McPherson) in 2009, and the Dudley Knox Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Naval History in 2014.
Frank J. Williams, a renowned Lincoln scholar, is the former Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and founding chairman of The Lincoln Forum. He also serves as President of The Ulysses S. Grant Association. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Lincoln as Hero.
Table of Contents
Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds, and Frank J. Williams
Lincoln's Role in the 1860 Presidential Contest
William C. Harris
The Baltimore Plot-Fact or Fiction?
Michael J. Kline
The Old Army and the Seeds of Change
John F. Marszalek
Seward and Lincoln: A Second Look
Mourning in America: Death Comes to the Civil War White Houses
Abraham Lincoln: Admiral-in-Chief
Craig L. Symonds
Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee: Reluctant Traitors
William C. Davis
The Battle Hymn of the Republic: Origins, Influence, Legacies
The Emancipation of Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln and the Struggle to End Slavery
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: A Propaganda tool for the Enemy?
The Gettysburg Campaign and the New York City Draft Riots: Conspiracy or Coincidence?
Lincoln and New York: A Fraught Relationship
Lincoln and McClellan: A Reappraisal
John C. Waugh
Judging Lincoln as Judge
Frank J. Williams
The Madness of Mary Lincoln: A New Examination Based on the Discovery of Her Lost Insanity Letters
List of Contributors
The Lincoln Forum: A History