Bibliography of Abraham Lincoln

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This bibliography of Abraham Lincoln is a comprehensive list of written and published works about or by Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. In terms of primary sources containing Lincoln's letters and writings, scholars rely on The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy Basler, and others.[1] It only includes writings by Lincoln, and omits incoming correspondence. In the six decades since Basler completed his work, some new documents written by Lincoln have been discovered. Previously, a project was underway at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln to provide "a freely accessible comprehensive electronic edition of documents written by and to Abraham Lincoln".[2] The Papers of Abraham Lincoln completed Series I of their project The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln in 2000. They electronically launched The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, Second Edition in 2009,[3] and published a selective print edition of this series.[4] Attempts are still being made to transcribe documents for Series II (non-legal, pre-presidential materials) and Series III (presidential materials).[5]

There have been 16,000 books published on Lincoln—125 on the assassination alone—more than any other American.[6][7] This listing is therefore highly selective and is based on the reviews in the scholarly journals, and recommended readings compiled by scholars.



External video
Booknotes interview with David Herbert Donald on Lincoln, December 24, 1995, C-SPAN[8]
External video
Booknotes interview with Allen Guelzo on Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, April 16, 2000, C-SPAN[9]
  • Guelzo, Allen C. Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999) online edition
  • Harris, William C. Lincoln's Rise to the Presidency (2007) conservative author argues Lincoln was basically conservative excerpt and text search
  • Nicolay, John George and John Hay. Abraham Lincoln: a History (1890); online at Volume 1 and Volume 2 vol 6 10 volumes in all; highly detailed narrative of era written by Lincoln's top aides
  • Luthin, Reinhard H. The Real Abraham Lincoln (1960), emphasis on politics
  • McPherson, James M. Abraham Lincoln (2009), short excerpt and text search
  • Neely, Mark E. The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia (1984), detailed articles on many men and movements associated with AL
External video
Booknotes interview with Mark Neely on The Last Best Hope of Earth, June 12, 1994, C-SPAN[10]
  • Neely, Mark E. The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America (1993), Pulitzer Prize–winning author
  • Oates, Stephen B. With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1994) excerpt and text search
  • Randall, James G. Lincoln the President (4 vol., 1945–55; reprint 2000.) by prize-winning scholar
  • Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years (2 vol 1926) vol. 1 online (Subscription required.) vol. 2 online (Subscription required.); The War Years (4 vol 1939). Pulitzer Prize–winning biography by the famous poet
  • Thomas, Benjamin P. Abraham Lincoln: A Biography (1952; 2nd ed. 2008) online edition
  • White, Jr., Ronald C. (2009). A. Lincoln: A Biography. Random House, Inc. ISBN 978-1-4000-6499-1. 

Specialty topics[edit]

  • Angle, Paul M., Here I Have Lived: A History of Lincoln's Springfield, 1821–1865, (1935) online edition
  • Belz, Herman. Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era (1998)
  • Boritt, Gabor S. Lincoln and the Economics of the American Dream (1994). Lincoln's economic theory and policies
  • Boritt, Gabor S. ed. Lincoln the War President (1994)
  • Bruce, Robert V. Lincoln and the Tools of War (1956) on weapons development during the war online edition
  • Bush, Bryan S. Lincoln and the Speeds: The Untold Story of a Devoted and Enduring Friendship (2008) ISBN 978-0-9798802-6-1
  • Chittenden, Lucius E., Recollections of President Lincoln and His Administration, (1891). – Google Books
  • Cox, LaWanda (1981). Lincoln and Black Freedom: A Study in Presidential Leadership. University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 978-0-87249-400-8. 
  • Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era (1960)
  • Donald, David Herbert. We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and His Friends Simon & Schuster, (2003).
  • Emerson, James (2007). The Madness of Mary Lincoln. Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN 978-0-8093-2771-3.
  • Foner, Eric. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2011); Pulitzer Prize excerpt and text search
  • Gerleman, David J. Representative Lincoln at Work: Reconstructing a Legislative Career from Original Archival Documents (2017) Lincoln's congressional career [1]
  • Guelzo, Allen C., Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America, Simon & Schuster (2004). ISBN 0-7432-2182-6
  • Guelzo, Allen C., Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America, Simon & Schuster (2008). ISBN 978-0-7432-7320-6
  • Hall, Roger Lee (2009). Lincoln and Liberty: Music from Abraham Lincoln's Era. PineTree Press. 
  • Harris, William C. With Charity for All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union (1997). AL's plans for Reconstruction
  • Hendrick, Burton J. Lincoln's War Cabinet (1946) online edition
  • Hofstadter, Richard. The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made It (1948) ch 5: "Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth"
  • Howe, Daniel Walker, Why Abraham Lincoln Was a Whig. Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 16.1 (1995)
  • Lea, James Henry (1909). The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln. Houghton Mifflin. 
  • Kunhardt Jr., Phillip B., Kunhardt III, Phillip, and Kunhardt, Peter W. Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography. Gramercy Books, New York, 1992. ISBN 0-517-20715-X
  • Laxner, James, Staking Claims to a Continent: John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America (2016). Anansi Press ISBN 978-1-77089-430-3
  • McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (1988). Pulitzer Prize winner surveys all aspects of the war
  • Neely, Mark E. The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties (1992). Pulitzer Prize winner. online version
  • Neely, Mark E. Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict and the American Civil War (2011)
  • Oakes, James. The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2007. ISBN 0-393-06194-9
  • Ostendorf, Lloyd, and Hamilton, Charles, Lincoln in Photographs: An Album of Every Known Pose, Morningside House Inc., 1963, ISBN 0-89029-087-3.
  • Paludan, Philip S. The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln (1994), thorough treatment of Lincoln's administration
  • Polsky, Andrew J. "'Mr. Lincoln's Army' Revisited: Partisanship, Institutional Position, and Union Army Command, 1861–1865." Studies in American Political Development (2002), 16: 176–207
  • Randall, James G. Lincoln the Liberal Statesman (1947)
  • Richardson, Heather Cox. The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policies during the Civil War (1997)
  • Shenk, Joshua Wolf. Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness (2005)
  • Williams, Kenneth P. (1985). Lincoln Finds a General: A Military Study of the Civil War. 1. New York: macmilian Press. 
  • —— (1949). Lincoln Finds a General: A Military Study of the Civil War. 2. New York: macmilian Press. 
  • —— (1949). Lincoln Finds a General: A Military Study of the Civil War. 3. New York: macmilian Press. 
  • —— (1985). Lincoln Finds a General: A Military Study of the Civil War. 4. New York: macmilian Press. 
  • —— (1949). Lincoln Finds a General: A Military Study of the Civil War. 5. New York: Macmillan Press. 
  • White, Jonathan W. Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (2011)
  • White, Jonathan W. Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014)
  • Williams, T. Harry. Lincoln and His Generals (1967).
  • Wilson, Douglas L. Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words (2006) ISBN 1-4000-4039-6.

Historiography and memory[edit]

  • Barr, John M. "Holding Up a Flawed Mirror to the American Soul: Abraham Lincoln in the Writings of Lerone Bennett Jr.," Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 35 (Winter 2014), 43-65.
  • Barr, John M. Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present (LSU Press, 2014).
  • Boritt, Gabor S., ed. The Historian's Lincoln U. of Illinois Press, 1988
  • Bowden, Mark (June 2013). "Abraham Lincoln is an idiot : the difficulty of recognizing excellence in its own time". The Culture File. History. The Atlantic. 311 (5): 40–41. 
  • Burkhimer, Michael. One hundred essential Lincoln books (2003), examines the major books
  • Foner, Eric, ed. Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World (2009), essays by scholars excerpt and text search
  • Holt, Michael F. "Lincoln Reconsidered." Journal of American History 96.2 (2009): 451-455. online
  • Holzer, Harold and Craig L. Symonds, eds. Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President (2015), essays by 16 scholars
  • Kunhardt III, Philip B. et al. Looking for Lincoln: The Making of an American Icon (2012).
  • Manning, Chandra, "The Shifting Terrain of Attitudes toward Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation", Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 34 (Winter 2013), 18–39.
  • Neely, Mark E. "The Lincoln Theme since Randall's Call: The Promises and Perils of Professionalism." Papers of the Abraham Lincoln Association 1 (1979): 10-70. in JSTOR
External video
Booknotes interview with Merrill Peterson on Lincoln in American Memory, August 14, 1994, C-SPAN[11]
  • Peterson, Merrill D. Lincoln in American Memory (1994). wide-ranging survey of how Lincoln was remembered after 1865.
  • Pinsker, Matthew. "Lincoln Theme 2.0." Journal of American History 96.2 (2009): 417-440. online
  • Randall, James G. "Has the Lincoln Theme Been Exhausted?." American Historical Review 41#2 (1936): 270-294. online
  • Schwartz, Barry. Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Schwartz, Barry. Abraham Lincoln in the post-heroic era: history and memory in late twentieth-century America (2008) excerpt and text search
  • Smith, Adam I.P. "The 'Cult' of Abraham Lincoln and the Strange Survival of Liberal England in the Era of the World Wars", Twentieth Century British History, (Dec 2010) 21#4 pp. 486–509.
  • Smith, John David. "" Gentlemen, I too, am a Kentuckian": Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Bicentennial, and Lincoln's Kentucky in Recent Scholarship." The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 106.3/4 (2008): 433-470. in JSTOR
  • Spielberg, Steven; Goodwin, Doris Kearns; Kushner, Tony. "Mr. Lincoln Goes to Hollywood", Smithsonian (2012) 43#7 pp. 46–53.
  • Zilversmit, Arthur (1980). "Lincoln and the Problem of Race: A Decade of Interpretations" (PDF). Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. 2 (11): 22–45. 

Lincoln in art and popular culture[edit]

  • Lauriston, Bullard. F. (1952). Lincoln in Marble and Bronze. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. 
  • Ferguson, Andrew (2008). Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America. Grove Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-4361-7.
  • Mead, Franklin B. (1932). Heroic Statues in Bronze of Abraham Lincoln: Introducing The Hoosier Youth by Paul Manship. The Lincoln National Life Foundation. 
  • Moffatt, Frederick C. (1998). Errant Bronzes: George Grey Barnard's Statues of Abraham Lincoln. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press. 
  • Murry, Freeman Henry Morris (1972) [1916]. Emancipation and the Freed in American Sculpture. Books For Libraries Press. 
  • Petz, Weldon (1987). Michigan's Monumental Tributes to Abraham Lincoln. Historical Society of Michigan. 
  • Redway, Maurine Whorton; Bracken, Dorothy Kendall (1957). Marks of Lincoln on Our Land. New York: Hastings House, Publishers. 
  • Savage, Kirk (1997). Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race War and Monument in Nineteenth Century America. Princeton University Press. 
  • Tice, George (1984). Lincoln. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. 

Primary sources[edit]

  • Angle, Paul McClelland; Earl Schenck Miers (1992). The Living Lincoln: the Man, his Mind, his Times, and the War He Fought, Reconstructed from his Own Writings. Barnes & Noble Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56619-043-5.
  • Basler, Roy P. et al., eds. (1953). The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. 9 vols. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-0172-7.
  • Browne, Francis Fisher (1995). The Every-Day Life of Abraham Lincoln. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-6115-2. 
  • Lincoln, Abraham (2000). ed by Philip Van Doren Stern, ed. The Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln. Modern Library Classics. 
  • Fehrenbacher, Don E., ed. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832–1858 (Library of America, ed. 1989) ISBN 978-0-940450-43-1
  • Fehrenbacher, Don E., ed. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859–1865 (Library of America, ed. 1989) ISBN 978-0-940450-63-9
  • Lincoln, Abraham (1997). ed by Bob R. Daniels, ed. Partial Personal Journal of Abraham Lincoln. American Heritage History. 
  • Stowell, Daniel W., et al., eds. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases. (4 vols.) University of Virginia Press, 2008

Attacks on Lincoln[edit]

  • DiLorenzo, Thomas (2002). The Real Lincoln. New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-7615-2646-3. 
  • Marshall, John A., American Bastille (1870) Fifth edition: A History of the Illegal Arrests and Imprisonment of American Citizens in the Northern and Border States on Account of Their political opinions during the late Civil War. Part 1
  • Masters, Edgar Lee. Lincoln: The Man (1931)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln
  2. ^ Papers of Abraham Lincoln
  3. ^ Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln
  4. ^ Stowell, ed. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases
  5. ^ Papers of Abraham Lincoln
  6. ^ Steven Levingston, "Bill O'Reilly's 'Lincoln' book banned from Ford's Theatre because of 'mistakes'," '"Washington Post Nov. 12.2011
  7. ^ Grossman, Lev (January 31, 2008). "The Lincoln Compulsion". Time. 
  8. ^ "Lincoln". C-SPAN. December 24, 1995. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President". C-SPAN. April 16, 2000. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  10. ^ "The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln". C-SPAN. June 12, 1994. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Lincoln in American Memory". C-SPAN. August 14, 1994. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 

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