Further Reading


  • Richard Carwardine, Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, New York: Vintage Books, 2007.
  • David Herbert Donald, Lincoln, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
  • Eric Foner, ed., Our Lincoln, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2008.
  • Eric Foner and Olivia Mahoney, A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln, Chicago Historical Society in association with W.W. Norton & Company, 1990.
  • James M. McPherson, Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Mark E. Neely, Jr., The Last Best Hope of Earth, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993.

Abraham Lincoln and the West 1809–1860

  • Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848, New York: Oxford, 2007.
  • D. W. Meinig, The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History. Vol. 2: Continental America, 1800–1867, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993.
  • Robert M. Owens, Mr. Jefferson’s Hammer: William Henry Harrison and the Origins of American Indian Policy, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007.
  • David S. Reynolds, Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson, New York: Harper Collins, 2008.
  • Joel Silbey, Storm Over Texas: The Annexation Controversy and the Road to Civil War, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Kerry A. Trask, Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America, New York: Henry Holt, 2006.
  • Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, New York: W. W. Norton, 2005.

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

“I Have Always Hated Slavery”

  • Edward D.S. Campbell, Jr., with Kym Rice, eds., Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South, The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond and the University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1991.
  • Don Edward Fehrenbacher, Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850s, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1962.
  • Eric Foner, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War, New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Harold Holzer, Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.
  • Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia, New York: Norton, 1975.
  • Kenneth M. Stampp, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South, New York: Knopf, 1956.

“The Fiery Trial”

  • LaWanda Cox, Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1981.
  • Eric Foner and Joshua Brown, Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction, New York: Knopf, 2005.
  • Harold Holzer and Sara Vaughn Gabbard, Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007.
  • James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, New York: Ballantine, 1989.
  • James M. McPherson, Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief, New York: Penguin Press, 2008.

“Now, He Belongs to the Ages”

  • David W. Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.
  • Merrill D. Peterson, Lincoln in American Memory, New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Barry Schwartz, Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
  • Edward Steers, Jr., Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes and Confabulations Associated With Our Greatest President, Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.