Category Lincoln

The American Experience: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

This is a pretty good documentary about the Booth conspiracy and Booth’s assassination of Lincoln. You can access it here.

Lincoln and the Constitution

This short book by Professor Brian R. Dirck is another in the Southern Illinois University Press’ “Concise Lincoln Library” series. Short enough to be read in a single sitting, the book gives us the most current scholarship on Lincoln’s constitutional thought and actions. Professor Dirck begins by tracing the development of Lincoln’s constitutionalism. “Even if […]

2017 Gettysburg Winter Programs

Gettysburg National Military Park kicked off their 2017 winter programs this weekend. As usual, the programs were terrific. We started with the first discussion of the book, The Killer Angels. Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn led the discussion this week. We focused on the first part of the book, the part dealing with June 29 and June […]

Lincoln in the Atlantic World

I really enjoyed this book by Louise Stevenson, a professor of history at Franklin & Marshall College. She’s found a unique way of looking at Lincoln–by looking at the international influences on him and the lessons he took from other countries. In discussing various aspects of Lincoln’s life, she illuminates influences that most Americans have […]

People Have Spent Years Trying to Diagnose Mary Todd Lincoln From Beyond the Grave

I came across this story at Smithsonian regarding Mary Lincoln. I’m pretty sympathetic toward Mary. In my view she’s gotten a lot of undeserved bad press. She was a highly intelligent, very educated woman and apparently quite engaging. One of her brothers-in-law, Ninian Edwards, allegedly once said of her that she could make a bishop […]

Four Influential Civil War Military Wives

Here’s Candice Shy Hooper talking about her book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War for Better and for Worse. This is a pretty good discussion. Unfortunately, the interviewer botches several details. Hooper does correct a couple of them. Hooper does misunderstand the Frémont situation a bit, I think she misunderstands Mary Lincoln, […]

Lincoln’s Views on Slavery and the 13th Amendment

Here’s historian Daniel Crofts speaking on how Lincoln viewed slavery and the 13th Amendment. The video’s description reads, “Daniel Crofts talked about his book, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union. In his book, he describes how in 1861, Lincoln and the Republican party supported […]