AnnotatedBibliography Abraham Lincoln
AbrahamLincoln was, with no doubt, one of the most popular presidents in thehistory of the United States. Indeed, he has been touted as one ofthe best presidents that the United States ever had in spite of themany tribulations that he encountered both in his political andpersonal life. As much as the circumstances under which he ruled theUnited States are considerably different with the modern times, it isevident that there are numerous lessons that can be learnt from hislife so as to guide the current leaders particularly with regard todecision-making. Like the lives of other people, it is difficult forAbraham’s life to be chronicled in just one literary work, in whichcase volumes of literary works have been written detailing hisexploits. This paper examines these literary works.
Burlingame,Michael. AbrahamLincoln: A Life.Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. Print
Burlingame,in this multi-volume biography of the life of Abraham Lincolnprovides a fresh look into the life of one of the greatest presidentsthat America ever had. It incorporates the field notes pertaining toearlier biographers, as well as the decades of research fromnewspapers and manuscript archives to bring out a remarkable textthat would reinforce, as well as modify the comprehension thatindividuals have pertaining to the 6thpresident of the United States. In the first volume, the authorexamines Lincoln’s childhood including his experiences when he wasa farm boy in Illinois and Indiana, the legal training he acquired,as well as the political ambition that resulted in a Congressionalterm in the 1840s. The second volume, on the other hand examines hislife in the course of his presidency, as well as the civil war. Thisvolume offers captivating stories pertaining to the quandary overFort Sumter, as well as Abraham’s battles with unfriendly newspapereditors, incompetent field commanders, as well as unyielding officeseekers. His private life is also discussed, with new interpretationspertaining to his life being offered particularly with regard to hismarriage to a lady called Mary Todd, as well as the untimely loss ofhis two sons to ailments. One of the things that come out clearly isthe fact that in spite of the tribulations that he went through suchas tragic personal losses, controversial political career, difficultchildhood and even fratricidal wars, Lincoln never lost his sense ofhumor but rather gained a psychological maturity that was crucial toNorth America’s victory in the Civil War.
Guelzo,Allen C. AbrahamLincoln: Redeemer President.Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans, 2003. Print.
Thisbook is based on the fact that as much as a lot of literary workshave dedicated themselves to examining the life of Abraham Lincolncompared to any other American, few, if any, of these literary workshave examined Lincoln as a man who incorporated a deep intellectualcuriosity pertaining to the raging economic and political debates ofthe 19thcentury America. Indeed, few of these see him as a man who was fullof ideas and doubts with regard to orthodox Christian but was stillnot comfortable in his unbelief. The book comes as a stimulating newbibliography pertaining to the life of Lincoln, which shed more lighton him through examining his life within the context of the Whigparty politics. On the same note, it seeks to make senesce regardingthe complicated nature of Lincoln’s life, which was also extremelyreal spiritual life. The book examines him as an individual whoseunderstanding or comprehension of the powerful currents pertaining tophilosophy, religion, as well as political economy influenced theresults of a great Civil War while also describing the Americannational development for subsequent generations.
McPherson,James. M. AbrahamLincoln and the Second American Revolution.New York: Oxford University Press. 1991, Print
Inthis book, McPherson provides a series of engaging and thoughtfulessays pertaining to the element of Abraham and the civil war thatare yet to be given an in-depth discussion. The author demonstrates asterling prose and keen insight in his examination of AbrahamLincoln’s exploits within the context of politics at the time, aswell as critical themes in the history of the United States. In hisexploration of the life of Abraham, McPherson demonstrates the roleof the 6thpresident as a Commander in Chief of the Union Forces, clearlydepicting how he managed to lead the army to victory using a nationalmilitary strategy. In addition, the author closely examines thecrucial nature of Lincoln’s impressive rhetorical skills anddemonstrates the manner in which the president put figurativelanguage and parables into use so as to distinctively communicate themain aim of the war, as well as the new meaning of liberty for theNorth. Further, McPherson sees the Civil War as the 2ndAmerican Revolution and outlines the manner in which the 1860Republican Congress passed numerous laws, as well as the destructionsuffered by the old South as a result of the War, which also modifiedthe America`s balance of power bring the Southern power in nationalgovernment to an end. He sees the civil war as one of the mostdefining and transformational experiences in the history of theUnited States, in which case Abraham becomes one of the most crucialfigures in the contemporary Americans’ mythology pantheon.
Oakes,James. TheRadical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, andthe Triumph of Antislavery Politics.New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2007. Print.
Thisbook is based on the recognition of the fact that the Civil Warformed one of the most transformational and defining episodes of theAmerican society. In essence, it examines this portion of historythrough the eyes of two of the most dominant figures at the timeincluding Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. These two figuresmake an unlikely combination of a former slave and frontier lawyer,fiery reformer and cautious politician, America’s most famous blackman and the president. In essence, the author traces the varyingpaths that the two figures’ lives followed before their pathscrossed during the bloody secession war, the emancipation and theCivil War. It outlines the manner in which the former foes andopponents eventually became allies, as well as the influence thateach had on the other and the attraction of each to the other.Through examining the effects that their numerous meetings in theWhite House had on the course of the Civil War and the United States,the author sheds light on the fundamental issues pertaining toequality, race and slavery in the United States during the Civil War.
Burns,Ken. TheCivil War – A Film. Documentary, 1990.
Inthis documentary, Burns explores all virtually every other aspectpertaining to the terrible and great Civil War detailing events thatoccurred between 1861 and1865. Of course, it would have beendifficult to explore the occurrences at this time without payingattention to the president at the time Abraham Lincoln. To bring tolife the accent and episodes of the time, the movie inculcates actorswho read some of the most popular lines in Lincoln’s speeches. Inessence, it offers a wealth of insight, historical perspective,educational enjoyment, as well as creative philosophy that gives aglimpse onto the occurrences of the time. Each of the five years ofthe civil war is incorporated in a separate part of the series, withthe most effective being 1861: The Cause, and 1863: The Universe ofBattle. The same would be the case for 1865: The Better Angels of ourNature. These series outline the events that caused the war, thedefining moments at Vicksburg and Gettysburg, as well as the end andconsequences of the same. The incorporation of personal narrativesfrom descendants of former slaves brings out the emotions of theviewers and creates a clear picture pertaining to the situationduring the Civil War and the roles that President Lincoln played inensuring the victory of the United States without compromising on itsunity.
Schwartz,Barry. AbrahamLincoln and the Forge of National Memory.Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2000. Print
Thepenetrating literary works deviates from the life and times ofAbraham Lincoln and instead provides an insight into his memory, aswell as the different ways in which it has been utilized throughoutvaried generations. This book incorporates tow themes. First, itchronicles and explains the increase in the popularity of AbrahamLincoln in the Progressive Era. It then goes ahead to explore thedual nature of Lincoln’s image with particular note of the tensionexisting between the familiar and plain Abraham and the dignified andstately Lincoln. This exploration is done via a sociological lens andstates that it is possible to universally mourn Lincoln withoutuniversally admiring him since the celebration of the integrity ofAmerica came as the ultimate purpose of his funeral. In thesubsequent years, however, Abraham was remembered in varying ways,which influenced the varied decisions made. The author examines theinfluence that Lincoln posthumously had on the politics and course ofthe United States.
Randall,James G. “Has the Lincoln Theme Been Exhausted?,” AmericanHistorical Review, 41 1936, Print
Thispaper is based on the recognition of Abraham Lincoln as one of themost explored subjects in the history of the United States. Randallstates quotes a foreign wit who stated that the United States was theonly country that managed to move from barbarism to decadence withoutgoing through civilization. In essence, the author asks whether theauthorship of Lincoln should go from the imperfect state to decadencewith no further critical development from scholars trained byhistory. The exploration of the works of Abraham Lincoln gives aninsight into the lives of Americans during the presidency, while alsoexamining his childhood and the influences that made him who he was.
Wilson,Douglas. L. Prospects for “Lincoln 2.5” The Journal of AmericanHistory, September, 2009. Print.
Thispaper is based on the acknowledgement of the immense exploration thatthe life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln has been subjected to. Theauthor acknowledges that as much as the literary works aim atenhancing the comprehension and appreciation of the historicalLincoln, they end up expanding and altering the research agenda.There has, undoubtedly, been a deficiency of a connective tissue thatwould be essential for creating a clear picture of the dynamicportrait of Lincoln. Of course, the comprehension of the life ofLincoln would necessitate an examination of the library books that hehad at his disposal. Unfortunately, these books have been changedover time. Nevertheless, a more comprehensive examination of hisboyhood acquaintance with a book referred to as “Dilworth’sSpeller”, among other texts would provide a better image pertainingto his mindset as influenced by the works that he read.