Lincoln Biographies

Burlingame, Michael.  Abraham Lincoln: A Life.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Carwardine, Richard J.  Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power.  New York: Knopf, 2006.

Donald, David Herbert.  Lincoln.  New York: Random House, 1995.

Harris, William C.  Lincoln’s Rise to the Presidency.  Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

McPherson, James M.  Abraham Lincoln.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Oates, Stephen B.  With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln.  New York: Harper and Row, 1977.

Thomas, Benjamin P.  Abraham Lincoln: A Biography.  New York: Knopf, 1952.

White, Ronald C., Jr.  A. Lincoln: A Biography.  New York: Random House, 2009.

The “House Divided” Speech

Briggs, John Channing.  “The ‘House Divided’ Speech: The Logic of Hopeful Resolve,” Lincoln’s Speeches Reconsidered (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2005), 164-183.

Fehrenbacher, Don E.  “The Origins and Purpose of the House Divided Speech.” In Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850’s, ed. Virginia Fehrenbacher, pp. 70-95. Stanford, CA:  Stanford University Press, 1962.

Leff, Michael C.  Rhetorical Timing in Lincoln’s ‘House Divided’ Speech.” The Van Zelst Lecture in Communication. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University School of Speech, 1983.

Pfau, Michael William.  “The House That Abe Built: The ‘House Divided’ Speech and Republican Party Politics.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 2 (1999): 625-651.

Zarefsky, David.  “Lincoln and the House Divided: Launching a National Political Career,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 13 (2010): 421-453.

Lincoln’s Speeches

Briggs, John Channing.  Lincoln’s Speeches Reconsidered.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Einhorn, Lois J.  Abraham Lincoln the Orator.  Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1992.

Kaplan, Fred.  Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer.  New York: Harper and Row, 2008.

White, Ronald C., Jr.  The Eloquent President.  New York: Random House, 2005.

Wilson, Douglas L.  Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words.  New York: Knopf, 2006.

The Historical Period

Burton, Orville Vernon.  The Age of Lincoln.  New York: Hill and Wang, 2007.

Fehrenbacher, Don E.  The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Foner, Eric.  The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.  New York: Norton, 2010.

Jaffa, Harry V.  Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1959.

Potter, David M.  The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861.  New York: Harper and Row, 1976.

Stampp, Kenneth M.  America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Zarefsky, David.  Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Audio-Visual Materials

“Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided.” PBS American Experience, DVD, 2001.

“Abraham Lincoln: Preserving the Union.” A&E Biography, DVD, 1997.

“Civil War.” PBS series with Ken Burns, 1990, 5 DVD set.

“Life of Lincoln Interactive.” Indiana Historical Society, DVD, 2004.

Online Resources

“Abraham Lincoln Association” homepage, includes links to “Lincoln Daily Log,”  http://www.abrahamlincolnassociation.org.

“Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitalization Project,” links to digitalized indexes and documents from Lincoln’s Illinois years, 1830-1860, http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu.

“Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum,” includes interactive timeline, exhibit information, and links to other Lincoln-related sites, http://www.alplm.org/.

“American President: Abraham Lincoln.” Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia, http://www.millercenter.virginia.edu/academic/americanpresident/lincoln.

“Collected Works of Lincoln,” searchable by simple and Boolean searches with unique word index, http://hti.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.

“History Channel” link on Lincoln includes hyperlinks to key figures and topics, http://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/abraham-lincoln.

“House Divided Speech – Abraham Lincoln,” The Lincoln Institute/The Lehrman Institute. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/lincoln/resources/%E2%80%9Chouse-divided%E2%80%9D-speech-ca-1857%E2%80%931858.

“Illinois Historic Preservation Agency,” http://www.illinoishistory.gov.

“Illinois State Archives,” https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/home.html.

“Illinois State Historical Society,” http://www.historyillinois.org/.

“Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association,” http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/jala/html.

“Library of Congress’ American Memory” site search by topic or timeline, https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/malhome.html.

“Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation,” http://www.lincolnbicentennial.org/.

“Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College,” http://www.knox.edu/lincolnstudies.xml.

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