An Interview with Richard Striner

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An Interview with Richard Striner regarding His New Book: Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) Sara Gabbard: The obvious first question should be about your use of the word Audacious in the title.  When did you first realize that this word represented the conclusions of your study? Richard […]

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An Interview with Allen Guelzo 

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Sara Gabbard: When you are “on the road” lecturing about Lincoln and the Civil War, what questions do members of the audience ask most frequently? Do responses from your students reflect the same interests?    Allen Guelzo: Far and away, the most-frequently-asked question I encounter from audiences is, “Would things have been different if Lincoln had […]

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Lincoln, The Founders, and the Rights of Human Nature

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If they had bumper stickers for carriages back in Lincoln’s day, his would say: “I ❤ the American Founding.” It’s true that one can see the influences of the Bible, Shakespeare, and later political examples like John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, and Henry Clay in Lincoln’s speeches.  But there was no greater influence on Abraham […]

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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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