Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War
Second Edition   ©2011

Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War

Selected Writing and Speeches

Michael P. Johnson (Johns Hopkins University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-55813-9; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-55813-0; Format: Paper Text, 256 pages

This collection, skillfully edited by Michael P. Johnson, offers students the essential Lincoln in a brief and accessible format that makes this a must-assign edition for courses covering the antebellum period, slavery, and the Civil War. From famous documents like the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the second inaugural address to crucial memoranda and letters, it reveals the development of Lincoln's views on all the critical issues of the day, including free labor, antebellum politics and the Republican party, slavery, secession, the Civil War, and emancipation. Significantly streamlined for the second edition to a more student-friendly length, the volume retains its successful format: documents are organized thematically and chronologically, with editorial headnotes that provide just enough context for students to understand the significance of each selection. In addition to Johnson's widely praised biographical introduction, a chronology, maps and pictures, questions for consideration, selected bibliography, and a comprehensive index all enhance students' understanding of this crucial period -- and this crucial figure -- in U.S. history.
“This collection beautifully illuminates historical transformation as well as Lincoln's own vantage point on his world. Supported by richly insightful essays contextualizing the primary evidence, it works as a piece of scholarship as well as a documents volume -- better than any other similar documentary reader. It is a gem.”
-- Amy Dru Stanley, University of Chicago