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Great Lives Lecture Series: Abraham Lincoln

Great Lives Lecture Series: Abraham Lincoln

The University of Mary Washington's 2013 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Thursday, April 18, with a lecture on Abraham Lincoln by Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln A Life:

Certainly one of the greatest of all American lives, Abraham Lincoln has been the subject of more historical inquiry than any figure in the nation’s history.  Almost 150 years after his death, Americans are still drawn to him, as evidenced by the popularity of the recent Steven Spielberg film, Lincoln.  Michael Burlingame is among the most renowned Lincoln scholars in the world today, having written in 2008 what Publisher’s Weekly called the book that “supersedes all other Lincoln biographies.” In his lecture Professor Burlingame will connect Lincoln’s inner life with his outer life, addressing such questions as: What were the origins of Lincoln’s hatred of slavery? What were the qualities that made him a successful wartime President? What caused his intense ambition? How did his troubled marriage affect his career? How did the low-road politician of his twenties and thirties become the high-road statesman of his forties and fifties?

Find out more about this lecture on the University of Mary Washington's web site.

All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are held at 7:30pm, in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, and are free and open to the public.

For more on this topic, check out these items from the library:

Abraham Lincoln by James McPherson
Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson provides an ideal short account of Lincoln--a compelling biography of a man of humble origins who preserved our nation during its greatest catastrophe and ended the scourge of slavery. (

Abraham Lincoln:  A Life by Michael Burlingame
Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America's greatest presidents, incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers, along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers. (

Abraham Lincoln:  Quotes, Quips, and Speeches edited by Gordon Leidner

The Lincoln Anthology:  Great Writers on his Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now edited by Harold Holzer
110 selections by a diverse array of 95 writers...[r]epresents a composite portrait of our greatest president told by the journalists, biographers, satirists, essayists, novelists, clergymen, poets, playwrights, historians, memoirists, and statesmen who have shaped our understanding of Lincoln and his complex and crucial legacy over the last 150 years.  (catalog summary)
Lincoln, his Life and Legacy produced by The History Channel (DVD)
Presents a complex portrait of a man who many consider to be our greatest commander-in-chief, but who considered himself a lonely man. Brings to life the tumultuous time in which he led the country, some of his finest Civil War moments, and his final hours. (

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. (

Biographical essays and literary criticism are available online through the library’s databases.  Visit