Lincoln's Private Life
|Introduction||Lincoln's Public Life||Assassination|
|Slavery||Lincoln's Private Life||Money Smart Program|
|Emancipation||Civil War||Extended Bibliography|
|Friends & Enemies||Illinois and the Civil War||Sponsors|
How can simple words describe a man? Whether the words are father, jokester, sufferer of depression, husband, writer, inventor, or statesman, they only tell part of the story. Get to know Abraham Lincoln a little better through the people he loved best. These titles will introduce the Lincolns as they lived behind doors.
The Last Lincolns: The Rise and Fall of a Great American Family by Charles Lachman
Stories of misfortune and disgrace fill this fascinating history of the Lincoln family, from Abraham to his final descendents.
House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War by Stephen Berry
Mary Todd Lincoln had thirteen siblings, divided between North and South. This is the story of the split that pitted brother against brother and tore this influential family apart.
Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk
Did Lincoln suffer from depression? Shenk traces the symptoms throughout the president’s life and shows how his struggle gave him strength to lead America through its darkest days in pursuit of greater good.
Mrs. Lincoln: A Life by Catherine Clinton
A fresh look at the life and times of Mary Todd Lincoln from her Kentucky childhood to her all-consuming grief at the loss of her beloved husband and sons.
*Tad Lincoln’s Father by Julia Taft Bayne
Sixteen year-old Julia Taft was a frequent visitor to Lincoln’s White House and a friend of Willie and Tad. Her affectionate remembrance of the family shows their daily life with humor and tenderness.
*Mr. Lincoln’s Wars: A Novel in Thirteen Stories by Adam Braver
This set of thirteen short stories told about Lincoln from the point of view of those around him—his son’s undertaker, a soldier on the field, a local drunk—draws a warmly human picture of the president.
The Trials of Mrs. Lincoln: The Harrowing Never-Before-Told Story of Mary Todd Lincoln’s Last and Finest Years by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr.
After her husband’s assassination and son Tad’s death, Mary Todd Lincoln found herself alone and ravaged by grief in Chicago, only to have her sole surviving son attempt to put her into a madhouse. This thrilling book recounts the Cook County court trials where she defended her sanity and the way she spent the final years of her life.
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan
Lincoln’s eloquence is one of his most well-known characteristics. This book takes a closer look at the process Lincoln applied to the speeches and writings that defined him as a president and formed our nation.
*Light, entertaining books for both adult and teen readers.