The companion volume, In Lincoln’s Hand: His Original Manuscripts With Commentary by Distinguished Americans, edited by Harold Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk, (New York: Random House, 2009) features original essays about the most important Lincoln documents by American masters including writers John Updike, E.L. Doctorow, and Walter Mosley; presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush; Senator Richard Durbin; Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; former Governor Mario Cuomo, scholars of Lincoln and the Civil War David Blight, Drew Gilpin Faust, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Louis Lehrman, and James McPherson; and actors Liam Neeson and Sam Waterston.


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Lincoln Exhibition Webcasts

Webcast: Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Symposium - Part I and Part II

Read More About It

  • Burlingame, Michael. Abraham Lincoln: A Life. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995.
  • Fleischner, Jennifer. Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave. New York: Broadway Books, 2004.
  • Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. and Donald Yacovone, eds. Lincoln on Race and Slavery. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.
  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006.
  • Holzer, Harold. Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860–1861. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008.
  • Holzer, Harold and Joshua Wolf Shenk. In Lincoln’s Hand: His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans. New York: Bantam Dell Publishing, 2009.
  • Kaplan, Fred. Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer. New York: Harper Collins, 2008.
  • Leonard, Elizabeth. Lincoln’s Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005.
  • Fehrenbacher, Don E., ed.Selected Speeches and Writings: Abraham Lincoln. 2 vols. Literary Classics of the United States (New York: Viking, 1989).
  • McPherson, James. Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.
  • Miller, William Lee. President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman. New York: Vintage Books, 2009.
  • Morel, Lucas E. Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2000.
  • Peterson, Merrill D. Lincoln in American Memory. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Shenk, Joshua Wolf. Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
  • Wilson, Douglas L. Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words. New York: Vintage Books, 2007.

For Young Readers

  • Brenner, Martha and Donald Cook, illus. Abe Lincoln’s Hat. New York: Random House, 1994.
  • Denenberg, Barry and Christopher Bing, illus. Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2008.
  • Fleming, Candace. The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary. New York: Schwartz and Wade, 2008.
  • Freedman, Russell. Lincoln: A Photobiography. New York: Clarion Books, 1987.
  • Herbert, Janis. Abraham Lincoln for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2007.
  • Osborne, Linda Barrett. Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery & The Civil War Through Reconstruction. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009.
  • Phillips, E.B. Abraham Lincoln: From Pioneer to President. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., 2007.
  • Rappaport, Doreen, Kadir Nelson and Gary Kelley, illus. Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2009.
  • Swanson, James L. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009.
  • Wells, Rosemary and P. J. Lynch, illus. Lincoln and His Boys. Somerville: Candlewick Press, 2009.

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