Half-Price Books was good to me today!

Half-Price Books was good to me today!

1 month ago
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I officially have too many Lincoln books to read! I finished one this morning and immediately picked up three more simply because I couldn’t decide which one to read next.

I officially have too many Lincoln books to read! I finished one this morning and immediately picked up three more simply because I couldn’t decide which one to read next.

1 month ago
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I’m currently reading all three of these books. Clearly I have a problem.

By the way, I finished reading an utterly fantastic book titled “Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present” about a week ago. If any of you have any interest in reading a historiography of the people who hated Lincoln (the book covers Lincoln haters from 1865-2012) I highly recommend it. And if you do read it, I suggest occasionally looking at the author’s footnotes because he gets delightfully snarky and it’s so wonderful.

I’m currently reading all three of these books. Clearly I have a problem.

By the way, I finished reading an utterly fantastic book titled “Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present” about a week ago. If any of you have any interest in reading a historiography of the people who hated Lincoln (the book covers Lincoln haters from 1865-2012) I highly recommend it. And if you do read it, I suggest occasionally looking at the author’s footnotes because he gets delightfully snarky and it’s so wonderful.

2 months ago
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One of my closest friends (who just so happens to be incredibly talented) copied Lincoln’s signature onto my graduation cap. Considering how big of a role he plays in my life, I thought it was rather fitting.

One of my closest friends (who just so happens to be incredibly talented) copied Lincoln’s signature onto my graduation cap. Considering how big of a role he plays in my life, I thought it was rather fitting.

2 months ago
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Such a gorgeous spring day! I couldn’t resist moving outside to work on my paper (which will end up comparing Lincoln’s flawless plans for Reconstruction and Johnson’s…well execution of Reconstruction) even though I’ll have to write it out (too bright to see my computer screen out here), it’s already worth it!

Such a gorgeous spring day! I couldn’t resist moving outside to work on my paper (which will end up comparing Lincoln’s flawless plans for Reconstruction and Johnson’s…well execution of Reconstruction) even though I’ll have to write it out (too bright to see my computer screen out here), it’s already worth it!

3 months ago
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allthingslincoln:

fyabrahamlincoln:

I’m currently reading all three of these books. Clearly I have a problem.

By the way, I finished reading an utterly fantastic book titled “Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present” about a week ago. If any of you have any interest in reading a historiography of the people who hated Lincoln (the book covers Lincoln haters from 1865-2012) I highly recommend it. And if you do read it, I suggest occasionally looking at the author’s footnotes because he gets delightfully snarky and it’s so wonderful.

Great choice!I loved “Rise to Greatness”! “I am Abraham” is not very good.I am SOOO curious about “Loathing Lincoln” - thanks for your thoughts on this one!

Just finished “Rise to Greatness” and “I am Abraham” and I definitely have to agree with what you said about both books. Really enjoyed “Rise to Greatness” and I didn’t care for “I am Abraham” at all. It was a struggle to get through that one. That being said, I really hope you give “Loathing Lincoln” a shot. In my opinion, it’s a fantastic book!

allthingslincoln:

fyabrahamlincoln:

I’m currently reading all three of these books. Clearly I have a problem.

By the way, I finished reading an utterly fantastic book titled “Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present” about a week ago. If any of you have any interest in reading a historiography of the people who hated Lincoln (the book covers Lincoln haters from 1865-2012) I highly recommend it. And if you do read it, I suggest occasionally looking at the author’s footnotes because he gets delightfully snarky and it’s so wonderful.

Great choice!
I loved “Rise to Greatness”! “I am Abraham” is not very good.
I am SOOO curious about “Loathing Lincoln” - thanks for your thoughts on this one!

Just finished “Rise to Greatness” and “I am Abraham” and I definitely have to agree with what you said about both books. Really enjoyed “Rise to Greatness” and I didn’t care for “I am Abraham” at all. It was a struggle to get through that one.

That being said, I really hope you give “Loathing Lincoln” a shot. In my opinion, it’s a fantastic book!

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1 month ago
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Lincoln salt and pepper shakers! A graduation present from one of my friends!

Lincoln salt and pepper shakers! A graduation present from one of my friends!

2 months ago
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allthingslincoln:

fyabrahamlincoln:

One of my closest friends (who just so happens to be incredibly talented) copied Lincoln’s signature onto my graduation cap. Considering how big of a role he plays in my life, I thought it was rather fitting.

This is an awesome friend- the signature looks GREAT! And congrats to graduating!!!

Thank you very much!

allthingslincoln:

fyabrahamlincoln:

One of my closest friends (who just so happens to be incredibly talented) copied Lincoln’s signature onto my graduation cap. Considering how big of a role he plays in my life, I thought it was rather fitting.

This is an awesome friend- the signature looks GREAT! And congrats to graduating!!!

Thank you very much!

2 months ago
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"Useless, useless."

On April 25, 1865, a twelve-day manhunt finally concluded once Union soldiers located John Wilkes Booth and David Herold in a barn on the property of the Garrett family. Herold folded under pressure rather quickly. “You don’t choose to give yourself up,” he told Booth. “Let me go out and give myself up.”

"No," Booth snapped, "you shall not do it." They spent several minutes in a heated argument before Lafayette Baker intervened and insisted that both men surrender or he would set the barn on fire. Booth attempted to draw him into a conversation, but Baker insisted he should consider his options and make up his mind. "Well," Booth replied, "you may prepare a stretcher for me. Throw open your door, draw up your men in line, and let’s have a fair fight." Other soldiers decided they had had enough and they quickly rounded up pine twigs and placed them against the side of the barn. Everton Conger lit a match, held it against some hay, and pushed it through a crack in the side of the barn.

Herold panicked as he watched the flames spread through the barn and he fled. Booth addressed Byron Baker and informed him that there was a man in the barn who wanted to surrender. Booth claimed that the man was “innocent of any crime” and he released Herold. 

As Booth contemplated his options inside the burning structure, Sergeant Boston Corbett fired a shot from his .44 Colt revolver. The bullet instantly paralyzed Booth and the soldiers carried him outside and laid him down on the front porch of the house. Though he was unable to move or speak clearly, many of the soldiers noticed that he kept trying to say something. Conger crouched over him and Booth repeated, “Tell my mother I die for my country.”

For several hours Booth struggled against the fatal spinal cord injury which had paralyzed him. As the morning sun broke over the hills, and Booth winced at the bright, warm rays, he looked toward his hands, and Byron Baker lifted them up above Booth’s face. Baker leaned over as Booth made his last, feeble announcement before he succumbed to his injuries on April 26, 1865: “Useless. Useless.”

And here’s a citation (in Chicago style) for the information I included in this post (because it felt really wrong not to include one): 

Michael W. Kauffman, American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies (New York: Random House, 2004), 317-320.

2 months ago
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usnatarchivesexhibits:

Letter from President Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet to Vice President Andrew Johnson Regarding the Death of the President, 04/15/1865

Item from General Records of the Department of State. (09/1789 -)

This letter was written to Andrew Johnson informing him of Lincoln’s assassination. 

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DyKJ

3 months ago
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