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Three times each year, Lincoln authority–and ALBF board member–Frank J. Williams publishes a review of recent events in the world of Lincoln and Lincolniana in the quarterly journal The Lincoln Herald. These reports will appear regularly in this website, offering an ongoing look at the latest scholarship and activities in this ever-robust community of historians, readers, enthusiasts and their organizations across the country and throughout the world.
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New Books on Lincoln
The Annotated Lincoln, Harold Holzer and Thomas Horrocks, eds., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016. Examines Lincoln’s writings and speeches from March 9, 1832 (“Message to the People of Sangamo County”) to his last speech on April 11, 1865, and puts them in the context of their times. Excellent explanatory annotations accompany each entry.
A Just and Generous Nation: Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for American Opportunity, Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle, Perseus Books, 2015. The authors present a new look at Lincoln’s motivations for going to war. While acknowledging the standard explanations of saving the Union and destroying slavery as powerful motives, they extend the discussion to include his belief in the salvation of the “American dream,” the defense of equal economic opportunity for all Americans.
Redeeming the Great Emancipator, Allen Guelzo, Harvard University Press, 2016. (This book is based upon the author’s text for the 2012 Nathan I. Huggins Lecture Series at Harvard.) Professor Guelzo refutes accusations that Abraham Lincoln was both a racist and a “political opportunist.” The author tackles the continuing problems with racism today and includes the accomplishments Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W. E. B. DuBois.
Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present, John McKee Barr, Louisiana State University Press, 2014. The author examines the criticism which greeted Abraham Lincoln from his first steps into public life, through his presidency and the Civil War, and to the present day.
Lincoln, the Law and Presidential Leadership, Charles M. Hubbard, ed., Southern Illinois University Press, 2015. Contributors: Daniel W. Stowell, Mark E. Steiner, Charles M. Hubbard, Frank J. Williams, Edna Greene Medford, Ron Soodalter, Burrus M. Carnahan, Natalie Sweet, and Jason R. Jividen. In studying Abraham Lincoln’s life, we must always remember his experience as an attorney and his regard for the law itself. These essays examine the decision-making process and the actions of the 16th President as they relate to his understanding of law and the Constitution.
Herndon on Lincoln: Letters, Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, eds., University of Illinois Press, 2016. A compilation of the letters which William H. Herndon wrote about his law partner, Abraham Lincoln. This new publication sheds light on Herndon’s personal thoughts about Lincoln, and it will become an important and indispensable source for scholarly research.