Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Lincoln for the Ages

As the birthday of Abraham Lincoln nears on February 12, interest in him rises. A number of books have appeared in recent years that examine every aspect of his private life, from mental health to sexual preference.

The current issue of Slate magazine reviews two books that will be of more lasting value and deserve to be part of anyone's collection who admires Lincoln and early Illinois history.

They are Richard Carwardine, Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power and Allen Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President. Both are studies of Lincoln's religious thought, showing that he evolved considerably in his beliefs during the Civil War.

Good Web Sites: the Lincoln Log, a daily chronology of his life, and Lincoln Net, a large collection on antebellum Illinois.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Thanks for the Lincoln addition. Springfield celebrates Lincoln's birthday with a symposium and banquet sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Association. This year the symposium speakers are Catherine Clinton, Daniel Epstein, Joshua Shenk and Gerald Prokopowicz. The banquet speaker is Doris Kearns Goodwin. For more information of schedules and banquet reservations, please go to:

Dick Hart