Category Lincoln

The Gettysburg Gospel

This book by Professor Gabor Boritt, the retired founding Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, is an outstanding inspection of the Gettysburg Address, placing it in its context and tracing its creation. He begins by describing the town of Gettysburg in 1863. “Gettysburg had eight churches with nine congregations, with Lutherans and […]

How Black Americans Shaped Abraham Lincoln’s Life

This is a short interview with Professor Kate Masur of Northwestern University on the Chicago Public Broadcasting channel on how African-Americans influenced Abraham Lincoln. There is some really good information here. You can access it here.

The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia on Abraham Lincoln Books

Here are three authors discussing their books on Abraham Lincoln. These presentations don’t add much for us, and I didn’t find them persuasive in motivating me to go out to get the books, but it’s probably worth the 78 minutes to watch the video. The video’s description reads, “The Lincoln Group of the District of […]

Institute for Honor 2015: “Lincoln and the Founders” with Richard Brookhiser

Here’s Richard Brookhiser delivering an address on Lincoln and George Washington at Washington and Lee University. Unfortunately, the first 24 minutes is taken up by Professor Lucas Morel, who is supposed to be introducing Brookhiser but instead delivers his own address in the guise of an introduction. The video’s description reads, “Richard Brookhiser is the […]

History with David M. Rubenstein: A Conversation with Eric Foner

Here’s Eric Foner being interviewed by David Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group. This is a terrific conversation. I never knew his father and his uncle were identical twins. The video’s description reads, “Join us for an evening with one of the country’s most prominent historians, Pulitzer Prize-winning Eric Foner, discussing his illustrious career including his […]

Abraham Lincoln and Edwin Stanton

Here’s Walter Stahr talking at the 2017 Lincoln Forum about Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with his Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton. This is a very good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Author Walter Stahr talked about the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, starting from when they first met as attorneys before the Civil War […]

Happy Birthday Abe

We haven’t celebrated Lincoln’s Birthday for decades, and instead roll up all the presidents in Presidents’ Day. But it’s worth taking the time to pause today and reflect on our nation’s greatest president. His wit is legendary, much of it self-deprecating. When a woman accused him of being two-faced, he replied, “Madam, if I had […]