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In these 16 essays, Lincoln scholars offer fresh perspectives and revealing new research on the life and times of America’s greatest president.
Ubiquitous and enigmatic, the historical Lincoln, the literary Lincoln, even the cinematic Lincoln have all proved both fascinating and irresistible. Though some 16,000 books have been written about him, there is always more to say, new aspects of his life to consider, new facets of his persona to explore. Exploring Lincoln offers a selection of sixteen enlightening and entertaining papers presented at the Lincoln Forum symposia over the past three years.
Shining new light on particular aspects of Lincoln’s life and his tragically abbreviated presidency—from his work on the campaign trail to his fraught relationship with General McClellan to Mary Lincoln’s mental health—Exploring Lincoln presents a compelling snapshot of current Lincoln scholarship and a fascinating window into understanding America’s greatest president.