Lincoln Revisited: New Insights from the Lincoln Forum

Lincoln Revisited: New Insights from the Lincoln Forum

Lincoln Revisited: New Insights from the Lincoln Forum

Lincoln Revisited: New Insights from the Lincoln Forum

Synopsis

In February 2009, America celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, and the pace of new Lincoln books and articles has already quickened. From his cabinet's politics to his own struggles with depression, Lincoln remains the most written-about story in our history. And eachyear historians find something new and important to say about the greatest of our Presidents. Lincoln Revisited is a masterly guidebook to what's new and what's noteworthy in this unfolding story - a brilliant gathering of fresh scholarship by the leading Lincoln historians of our time. Brought together by The Lincoln Forum, they tackle uncharted territory and emerging questions; they alsotake a new look at established debates - including those about their own landmark works. Here, these well-known historians revisit key chapters in Lincoln's legacy - from Matthew Pinsker on Lincoln's private life and Jean Baker on religion and the Lincoln marriage to Geoffrey Perret on Lincoln as leader and Frank J. Williams on Lincoln and civil liberties in wartime. The eighteen original essays explore every corner of Lincoln's world - religion and politics, slavery and sovereignty, presidential leadership and the rule of law, the Second Inaugural Address and the assassination. In his 1947 classic, Lincoln Reconsidered, David Herbert Donald confronted the Lincoln myth. Today, the scholars in Lincoln Revisited give a new generation of students, scholars, and citizens the perspectives vital for understanding the constantly reinterpreted genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Excerpt

For ten consecutive years, Lincoln scholars and Civil War historians from around the country—together with a growing, and increasingly appreciative, public—have gathered in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania each November 16–18 for an annual event called The Lincoln Forum symposium.

Scheduled to coincide with the anniversary week of the Gettysburg Address, and to lead directly into local events that take place in the village each year to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s greatest rhetorical triumph, the Forum offers history students of all ages, and from all regions, the opportunity to share camaraderie, banquets, battlefield tours, and, most of all, of course, good current scholarship. The scholarship is offered at morning and afternoon lectures, after-dinner talks, and lively panel discussions by the finest Lincoln experts of our time.

But “of necessity,” as Lincoln himself might have put it, attendance at these symposia is limited by the available space at our headquarters hotel, which sits only a mile or so from the spot, inside the still-haunting Soldiers’ National Cemetery, where the sixteenth . . .

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