Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President

Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President

Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President

Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President

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Ubiquitous and enigmatic, the historical Lincoln, the literary Lincoln, even the cinematic Lincoln have all proved both fascinating and irresistible. Though some 16,000 books have been written about him, there is always more to say, new aspects of his life to consider, new facets of his persona to explore. Enlightening and entertaining, Exploring Lincoln offers a selection of sixteen papers presented at the Lincoln Forum symposia over the past three years.

Shining new light on particular aspects of Lincoln and his tragically abbreviated presidency, Exploring Lincoln presents a compelling snapshot of current Lincoln scholarship and a fascinating window into understanding America's greatest president.

Excerpt

He is both ubiquitous and enigmatic. he is as familiar as the penny and the five-dollar bill: at once instantly recognizable— yet he is elusive as a chimera. the historical Lincoln, the literary Lincoln, even the cinematic Lincoln, have all proved both fascinating and irresistible. Though some sixteen thousand books have been written about him and more than a dozen major motion pictures (including one depicting him as a vampire hunter) have been released, there is always more to say, new aspects of his life to consider, new facets of his persona to explore.

The Lincoln Forum, a national organization with more than one thousand members, meets in Gettysburg each fall on the anniversary of Lincoln’s most famous speech, to provide (as its name suggests) a public forum for these considerations. This volume offers a selection of sixteen of the papers that have been presented at this annual meeting over the past three years. They are arranged more or less chronologically, beginning with a reconsideration of Lincoln’s 1860 campaign, by William C. Harris, and ending with an essay about the psychological demons of his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, by Jason Emerson. Yet the purpose of this volume is not to provide yet another . . .

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