This new series of concise books fills a need for short
studies of the life, times, and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. Each book
gives readers the opportunity to quickly achieve basic knowledge of a
Lincoln-related topic. The primary audience consists of general readers, but
these books are also of interest to scholars, specialists, and students. Each
volume is between 30,000 and 50,000 words in length and includes up to ten
Books in the Concise Lincoln Library bring a fresh perspective
to well-known topics, investigate previously overlooked subjects, and explore
in greater depth topics that have not yet received book-length treatment. In an
effort to make new scholarship accessible to the widest audience possible, the
books carry minimal endnotes and historiography and are written in a style that
nonspecialists find easy to understand.
About the Series Editors
Richard W. Etulain,professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, has written or edited more than forty-five books, most recently Lincoln Looks West: From the Mississippi to the Pacific and Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West. He is the editor of the Oklahoma Western Biographies Series and has edited five other book series since the 1980s.
Sara Vaughn Gabbard is the coeditor of Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment (SIU Press, 2007) and Lincoln's America: 1809-1865 (SIU Press, 2008). As the vice president and director of development at the recently closed Lincoln Museum, she served as the editor of Lincoln Lore, the museum's quarterly bulletin, which for three years in a row was named one of the top fifty magazines in the country by the Chicago Tribune.
Sylvia Frank Rodrigue, editorial consultant, is the proprietor of Sylverlining, LLC. She also serves as executive editor for SIU Press. Previously she was editor-in-chief at LSU Press and managing editor at Stackpole Books. She is the coauthor of Historic Baton Rouge: An Illustrated History and Images of America: Baton Rouge.
This valuable dual biography
profiles two notable Americans in a way no previous historian has.Lincoln and Greeley, the nineteenth
century's masters of politics and of the press, had similar origins and
to prominence, and Borchard combines their backgrounds and their
antagonistic, sometimes harmonious relationship into a single,
story, providing a fresh perspective on their professional relationship
Borchard, associate professor of mass
communication and journalism at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,
contributed to Words at War: The Civil
War and American Journalism.
This brief but probing study
demonstrates that Lincoln's leadership was the North's secret weapon in the
Civil War, the key variable that spelled the difference between victory and
defeat. Burlingame clearly shows that Lincoln's eloquence, his political
sagacity, his understanding of military strategy, and above all his
psychological wholeness and balance enabled him to keep the North united so
that it could prevail, thus saving the Union, abolishing slavery, and
vindicating government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the
University of Illinois at Springfield, is author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life.
How did an obscure Illinois
politician beat the odds and prevail over more famous opponents to win the
Republican presidential nomination in 1860? How did a new political party win
the presidency so quickly? Green discerningly explains the key reason: Abraham
Lincoln's ability as a politician and manager of men. This book goes behind the
scenes of Lincoln's first presidential campaign to examine how he won and to
bring to life the men and women who worked for and against him.
Green, professor of history at the
College of Southern Nevada, is the author of Freedom, Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party in the Civil War.
Their contemporaries disagreed
bitterly about the marriage of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and historians have
argued just as fiercely about the relationship of this apparently incompatible
couple. Now, Winkle provides a sweeping and provocative portrait of their
courtship and marriage, showing the Lincolns amid all the social, cultural,
political, and military currents that swirled around them during the most
challenging presidency in American history.
Winkle, Sorensen Professor of
American History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the author of The
Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln and the
Constitution by Brian Dirck
Before the Civil War, Lincoln
articulated a sophisticated antislavery reading of the Constitution, based upon
his understanding of its relationship to the Declaration of Independence. As
president, he advanced the causes of Union and emancipation with a robust,
innovative interpretation of the Constitution's presidential war powers.
Dirck's comprehensive examination shows Lincoln's interpretation of and lifelong
engagement with the nation's founding document.
Lincoln is celebrated for a string
of exemplary accomplishments: saving the Union, ending slavery, and enshrining
the principles of freedom and democracy in unforgettable rhetoric, to name a
few. But in honoring Lincoln, readers and historians alike tend to ignore his
occasional, but noteworthy, errors. Here Holzer lifts the veil on several of
Lincoln's missteps, large and small, personal and professional, private and
public, and assesses their impact on Lincoln, his family, his country, and
Holzer, senior vice president of
external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the author of Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and
the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861.
In this exciting new study, Striner
examines one of the most fascinating controversies surrounding the leadership
of Abraham Lincoln. It is a controversy in some respects as old as the Civil
War itself: the enduring question of whether Mr. Lincoln, notwithstanding his
famous antislavery words and deeds, was to some extent a denier of full
equality for black Americans. Striner's penetrating analysis of the debate is
sure to become essential reading.
Striner, professor of history at
Washington College, is the author of Father
Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery.
Lincoln as Hero by
Frank J. Williams
Abraham Lincoln's long-term
dedication and determination make him a genuine hero for America and the world.
In this appealing introduction to the topic, Williams shows how Lincoln grew
into the role of hero through his vision, strategic command, political
management, and skill as a communicator, and he explains how our image of
Lincoln today fits both the mythic and classical concept of a true hero.
Williams, former Chief Justice of
the Rhode Island Supreme Court, is the author of Judging Lincoln.
Reconstruction by John C. Rodrigue
"Wartime" Reconstruction is often
examined as prelude to postwar developments or to speculate on what Lincoln
might have done had he lived, but in this insightful analysis, Rodrigue clearly
shows how Lincoln's Reconstruction initiatives were inseparable from the war
itself. The war, in essence, was about Reconstruction. Yet, just as the meaning
of the war changed for Lincoln, so his approach to Reconstruction likewise
evolved until it eventually came to include a broader, racially integrated
vision of American citizenship.
Rodrigue, Lawrence and Theresa
Salameno Professor of History at Stonehill College, is the author of Reconstruction in the Cane Fields: From
Slavery to Free Labor in Louisiana's Sugar Parishes, 1862-1880.
Lincoln and Medicine
by Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein
The first synthesis of Lincoln and
medicine since 1933, this volume examines the personal medical issues of
Abraham Lincoln and his wife and sons. In addition, Schroeder-Lein studies
Lincoln's relationship to Civil War medicine. She organizes, analyzes, and
synthesizes both discoveries and speculations about Lincoln and medical topics,
including the alleged diseases Lincoln suffered, and concludes with a medical
examination of his assassination.
librarian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, is the author of The Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine.
Lincoln and the U.S.
Colored Troops by John David Smith
Abraham Lincoln evolved from
opposing to embracing African Americans in the U.S. Army during the Civil War,
and in this rewarding study, Smith clearly demonstrates Lincoln's deep
understanding of white racism in the North and his concern about alienating
Unionists in the border slave states by freeing their slaves and bringing them
into the Union army. By war's end, the valiant service of almost 180,000 black
troops in Union blue validated Lincoln's confidence in them as men and
Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at University of
North Carolina-Charlotte, is
the author of Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas and "The American Negro."
Lincoln and Religion
by Ferenc Morton Szasz
Newcomers to the life of Abraham
Lincoln are often surprised at the controversy over the exact nature of his
religious views. Was he a Christian? Did he believe in God? Szasz's insightful
examination, the first book-length study in a generation to treat this theme,
places Lincoln's evolving position squarely within the context of the religious
world of his day. It also revealingly analyzes Lincoln's role as the center of
America's civil religion.
Regents' Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, is the author of
Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns:
Connected Lives and Legends.
Statesmanship by Joseph R. Fornieri
What qualities distinguish a
statesman from a mere politician or even a tyrant, for that matter? This valuable
work explores Lincoln's statesmanship and those qualities of character and
intellect that made him a brilliant leader. Fornieri astutely views Lincoln's
statesmanship in terms of five elements that contributed to his greatness:
principle, prudence, patriotism, personality, and power.
Fornieri, associate professor of political
science at Rochester Institute of Technology, is the author of Abraham Lincoln's Political Faith.
Biographies by Thomas A. Horrocks
This is the first study to address
the role campaign biographies played in making Lincoln president of the United
States. By examining the Lincoln biographies published for the 1860 campaign,
Horrocks highlights the important relationship between print and politics in
nineteenth-century America and skillfully explains how candidates were
presented to the American voter in the days before radio, television, and the
Horrocks, associate librarian of
Houghton Library for Collections at Harvard University, is the author of Popular Print and Popular Medicine: Almanacs
and Health Advice in Early America.
Lincoln and the
Military by John F. Marszalek
The military history of the Civil
War has long been a topic of major interest for historians and enthusiasts.
Marszalek analyzes the mass of publications the war has inspired and presents a
concise insight, through the eyes of the commander-in-chief, into how this
conflict was fought. Lincoln's increasingly effective military leadership
provided the inspiration and opportunity for talented Federal generals like
Grant and Sherman to undertake and win the military campaigns necessary for
victory in a difficult war.
Marszalek, Giles Distinguished
Professor Emeritus of History, Mississippi State University, serves as the
executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. He
is the author of Sherman, A Soldier's
Passion for Order.
At the beginning of the Civil War
few Americans expressed interest in altering the legal status and political
condition of people of color. Medford insightfully examines the evolution of Lincoln's
own thinking regarding black freedom and considers the challenges he faced--both
personal and political--as he moved toward abolishing slavery. She discusses the
legal, political, and military considerations of emancipation and expertly
investigates the responses Lincoln-s decisions elicited from those
people--enslaved and free--most affected by them.
Medford, associate professor of history
at Howard University, is the coauthor of The
Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views.
Assassination by Edward Steers Jr.
nearly one hundred years writers have treated the assassination of Abraham
Lincoln as an event that should be described rather than explained. Contrary to
popular belief, John Wilkes Booth's plot to remove Lincoln began a full year
before the actual killing and involved a web of conspiracy that reached deep
into the Confederate Secret Service. While it was Booth's hand that held the
small derringer that fired the fatal shot, many fingers were on the trigger.
the leading authority on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, is the author of
seven books on Lincoln's death, including Blood
on the Moon and The Lincoln Assassination