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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Edwin McMasters Stanton

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Edwin McMasters Stanton by Frank J. Williams Edwin M. Stanton, 1861 LN-2113 Edwin McMasters Stanton was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on December 19, 1814. On the eve of achieving his life’s dream, chronic asthma caused his death on December 24, 1869. His lifelong struggle with poor health also contributed to his volatile temper, as did […]

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An Interview with Harold Holzer on “Monument Man”

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An Interview with Harold Holzer regarding his new book, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French [“As one of the foremost living authorities on Abraham Lincoln, Harold Holzer has long straddled the crossroads of history and art with his own inimitable brand of scholarship.  Not surprisingly, in this grandly illustrated and beautifully written […]

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