Reconstruction: What Went Wrong?

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By Hon. Frank J. Williams Winning on the battlefield may be relatively “easy” compared to winning the peace afterward.   Abraham Lincoln was a political genius in keeping together conservatives, moderates and Radicals during the American Civil War, especially after he found generals who could win battles.  But things change and the longer that time passes, […]

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Lincoln’s Domestic Policy

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Toward a More Modest Conception of the Presidency by Jon D. Schaff Charles and Mary Beard, in The Rise of American Civilization, make the claim that the Civil War constituted a “Second American Revolution.” The noted historian James McPherson, in his book self-consciously titled Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, echoes the Beards’ conclusion. […]

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An Assessment of Thomas Lincoln

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An Interview with Daniel Cravens Taylor Sara Gabbard:  Please trace the Lincoln family’s journey from England to Virginia. Daniel Cravens Taylor: President Lincoln was not familiar with his family history in early life. As he approached his campaign for the presidency, Lincoln knew his father and mother came from Virginia but considered them to be […]

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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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