Books About Abraham Lincoln
Read About Honest Abe
I'm from the Land of Lincoln (that's Illinois, in case you didn't know). I grew up thinking Abraham Lincoln was the best president, partly because he was from our state (he was not born there, mind you, but he lived there most of his adult life) and because of the great ideals Lincoln stood for.
Read about Honest Abe in these books about Abraham Lincoln. I've selected children's books about Lincoln as well as some of the best Lincoln books for adults that include books about his personal life, Lincoln's speeches, and analysis of history from his presidency.
I took this photo of a statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Abraham Lincoln's Birth
Abe was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky
on February 12, 1809.
Books About Lincoln - Children's Books About Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman is a Newberry Medal Book. This children's book for grades 2 - 3 describes Lincoln's boyhood, his marriage, and young professional life as well as his years as the sixteenth president.
Abraham Lincoln Was America's Sixteenth President
Old State Capitol ~ Springfield, Illinois
This is the Illinois state capitol in Springfield where Lincoln served as a lawyer and later gave his famous "House Divided" speech in the Representatives Hall in 1858 when campaigning for U.S. Senate.
Lincoln worked to get Illinois' capital moved to Springfield from Vandalia in 1837.
Information Source: Abraham Lincoln Online
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Classic Books About Abraham Lincoln - By Carl Sandburg, James MacPherson, Lord Charwood
Sandburg's book, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years was called "the greatest historical biography of our generation."
Books About Lincoln's Personal Life
Lincoln suffered from depression, had numerous failures including job losses and business failures, and was defeated at least six times for elected offices. His resilience and perseverance along with his great orating skills helped him overcome these obstacles.
Source: Abraham Lincoln Online
Lincoln's Home, Open and Free to the Public
Robert Lincoln donated the family home in Springfield
to the State of Illinois in 1887 under the condition
that it would always be open,
free to the public, and well maintained.
Source: Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois
Statue of the Abraham Lincoln Family
Abraham Lincoln Wed Mary Todd in 1842
Abe had inscribed "A.L. to Mary, Nov. 4, 1842.
Love is Eternal." on the inside of her wedding ring.
Source: National Park Service
First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln - Slaves Were Freed in 10 States During the American Civil War
This 1964 painting by Francis Bicknell Carpenter shows from left to right: Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War (seated); Secretary of Treasury Salmon P. Chase (standing); Abraham Lincoln, President; Gideon Welles, Secretary of Navy (seated); Caleb Blood Smith, Secretary of Interior (standing); Secretary of State William H. Seward (seated); Postmaster General Montgomery Blair (standing); Attorney General Edward Bates (seated).
The emancipation order was issued January 1, 1863.
Image Credit: Painting by Francis Bicknell Carpenter
More Books About Lincoln - Never Run Out of Books to Read on Abraham Lincoln
- The 25 Best Books about Abraham Lincoln | AbeBooks Reading Copy
At least 15,000 books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. If you wish to learn about the man who led the North during the American Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 then you are n
- Best Books About Abraham Lincoln (44 books)
It's the Lincoln Birth bicentennial. So many books have been written about him, it's time to list the best.
- Best Books (And Surprising Insights) On Lincoln : NPR
Politicians love to invoke Honest Abe, often while twisting his legacy to fit their own purposes. But who was the man, really? Three Lincoln historians discuss the books they think best capture the president's character.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - In Springfield, Illinois
Lincoln's Gift from Homer, New York - A Painter, an Editor, and a Detective by Martin A. Sweeney
I received this thoughtful comment from an online reader:
Harold Holzer, the eminent Lincoln Scholar, has called the town I live in the new "Lincoln Mecca"- This book is about Lincoln and his connection to three of Homer NY's native sons: Francis B. Carpenter, William O. Stoddard, and Eli DeVoe, who saved Lincoln from being assassinated on his way to his first inauguration. The book, "Lincoln's Gift from Homer, New York: A Painter, an Editor and a Detective" is by Martin A. Sweeney.
Recommended by reader, Chazz.
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