Lincoln's Public 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|
Abraham Lincoln started his career as a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, and became one of the greatest statesmen our country has ever known. These selections highlight the actions and decisions that shaped his journey. Contemplate his choices as you read about his greatest trial, soak up the speeches that made him famous, or marvel at the masterful way he used the newest technology to help win the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln by Thomas Keneally
From his birth in a Kentucky cabin to his untimely death in a boardinghouse across the street from Ford’s Theatre, Lincoln comes to life in Keneally’s informative but brief biography.
War of Words: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Press by Harry J. Maihafer
In the 19th century, newspapers were the primary source of world and political news. This book shows how Lincoln’s skillful relationship with the press helped lead to his election and later shaped the course of the war.
Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Him President by John A. Corry
On a snowy day in February 1860 Lincoln gave a speech that laid the groundwork for his later stand against slavery and convinced people that the unknown country lawyer was actually a skilled orator who could be trusted as president.
Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War by Tom Wheeler
Lincoln’s use of new telegraph technology allowed instant messaging for the first time in history. His carefully crafted messages became a command tool that helped win the first modern war.
The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President by Julie M. Fenster
Standing at a crossroads regarding his future in 1856, Lincoln was offered the choice to act as either prosecutor or defense attorney of a gruesome murder trial. His decision and the influential trial led to his rise in the Republican Party.
Lincoln’s Extraordinary Era by K. M. Kostyal
The official book of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, this volume is full of little-known facts and beautiful archival photographs, shedding new light on Lincoln and his times.
*Lincoln: The Presidential Archives by Chuck Wills An enlightening biography of Lincoln, with lavish illustrations from the president’s school-boy ciphering to wanted posters for John Wilkes Booth.
Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 by Harold Holzer
Shortly after the 1860 election, seven states seceded from the Union. Follow Lincoln during the long months between Election Day and inauguration as he attempted to hold the country together while preparing to take office.
* Light, entertaining books for both adult and teen readers.