Marx and Lincoln

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Marx and Lincoln by Jeffery R. Kerr-Ritchie Karl Marx, Public Domain In November 1864, Abraham Lincoln was re-elected president of the United States. Numerous bodies outside America welcomed his re-election. One such was the International Working Men’s Association (IWMA). The IWMA was officially founded on September 28, 1864, at St. Martin’s Hall in central London. […]

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A Right Smart Get Out

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A Right Smart Get Out by M. Kelly Tillery Logan Circle Philadelphia 71.2009.083.2382 It is difficult to imagine, much less fully appreciate, that in June of 1864 the democratic republic as a form of government was extremely rare and under siege.  This nation was the only large democracy, other than Britain, though that nation restricted […]

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Interview with Brian Dirck

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An Interview with Brian Dirck about his new book, The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death  (Southern Illinois University Press, 2019)   Sara Gabbard:  You undertook a monumental task in writing on this subject.  What led you to accept the challenge? BD: Well, “The Black Heavens” could almost be a case study in how books […]

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Interview with Ron Keller

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An Interview with Ron Keller, Author of Lincoln in the Illinois Legislature. Sara Gabbard:  I know that this book is a product of the Concise Lincoln Library, a series from Southern Illinois University Press.  What led you to this specific topic? Ron Keller:  Having served for many years as director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum […]

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New Salem

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Spotlight on: New Salem by Guy Fraker and Mark Pohlad When Lincoln Walked the Streets of New Salem By Guy Fraker The itinerant Abraham Lincoln arrived in New Salem 1831, settling there until 1837.  During this period, he spent considerable time in the Sand Ridge area to the west, to which a number of New […]

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An Interview with John Marszalek

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An Interview with John Marszalek, Executive Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University Sara Gabbard Tour of the Grant Library at the annual USGA meeting in 2018, photo: J. Marszalek Sara Gabbard: Please trace the provenance of the Grant Papers before they arrived at Mississippi State University. John Marszalek: One […]

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Books: An Interview with Harold Holzer

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Sara Gabbard:  Some of our readers already know, but for those who don’t:  Why did Lincoln become your lifelong focus? Harold Holzer: The “why” is harder to isolate than the “how.”  It began for me in a fifth grade classroom in a rural neighborhood of New York City (yes, there was such a thing in […]

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Lost to History: Abraham Lincoln’s Act to Encourage Immigration

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Lost to History: Abraham Lincoln’s Act to Encourage Immigration By: Jason H. Silverman Sometimes it’s difficult to believe that anything Abraham Lincoln did was lost to history.  But historians have overlooked one of President Lincoln’s signature pieces of legislation, The Act to Encourage Immigration, July 4th, 1864, the first, last, and only major law in […]

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The Intellectual Milieu of Abraham Lincoln

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The Intellectual Milieu of Abraham Lincoln By Allen C. Guelzo Abraham Lincoln was not a philosopher, or even what we might today call an intellectual. “Politics were Lincoln’s life,” William Henry Herndon told Jesse Weik in 1887, “and newspapers were his food.” Yet, in almost the same breath, Herndon acknowledged that “we used to discuss […]

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200 Years Later

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210 Years Later By Ed Breen The Lincoln Memorial, Ed Breen In February of this year, we marked the 210th birthday anniversary of America’s secular saint, Abraham Lincoln, although it can be hard to separate it from the car, furniture, carpet and indoor spa sales that have somehow become barnacles on the birthday cake. And […]

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Interview with Jay Winik

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Interview with Jay Winik by Sara Gabbard Cover of April 1865: The Month that Saved America, by Jay Winik, 2001 71.2009.084.13230 Sara Gabbard: Your book April 1865: The Month that Saved America is a “must read” for those intent on understanding the ramifications of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the aftermath […]

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