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Abraham Lincoln Book Shop Closed July 4

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3 July 2018

In honor of Independence Day, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop will be closed on the 4th of July. Please enjoy your holiday and stay safe.

We will re-open our regular hours, 10am – 6pm on Thursday, July 5.


Coming Up on A House Divided
Two Books! Two Days!


Join us for A House Divided on Thursday June 7 at 5pm (C). Our guest is Kristopher Teters. He will talk with Bjorn Skaptason about Practical Liberators: Union Officers in the Western Theater During the Civil War. The book provides a, unprecedented look at the attitudes and convictions of Union Army officers about Emancipation as the Civil War progressed.

During the first fifteen months of the Civil War, the policies and attitudes of Union officers toward emancipation in the western theater were, at best, inconsistent and fraught with internal strains. But after Congress passed the Second Confiscation Act in 1862, army policy became mostly consistent in its support of liberating the slaves in general, in spite of Union army officers’ differences of opinion. By 1863 and the final Emancipation Proclamation, the army had transformed into the key force for instituting emancipation in the West. However, Kristopher Teters argues that the guiding principles behind this development in attitudes and policy were a result of military necessity and pragmatic strategies, rather than an effort to enact racial equality.

Through extensive research in the letters and diaries of western Union officers, Teters demonstrates how practical considerations drove both the attitudes and policies of Union officers regarding emancipation. Officers primarily embraced emancipation and the use of black soldiers because they believed both policies would help them win the war and save the Union, but their views on race actually changed very little. In the end, however, despite its practical bent, Teters argues, the Union army was instrumental in bringing freedom to the slaves.

The following day, June 8 at 3:30pm (C), Michael Burlingame joins us to talk about Sixteenth President-in-Waiting. This book examines the three months between Lincoln’s election and inauguration through the impressions of full-time  journalist, Henry Villard.  Burlingame has collected all of his dispatches in one insightful and informative volume.

Between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and his departure for Washington three months later, journalist Henry Villard sent scores of dispatches from Springfield, Illinois, to various newspapers describing the president-elect’s doings, quoting or paraphrasing his statements, chronicling events in the Illinois capital, and analyzing the city’s mood. Michael Burlingame has collected all of these dispatches in one insightful and informative volume.

Best known as a successful nineteenth-century railroad promoter and financier, German-born Henry Villard (1835–1900) was also among the most conscientious and able journalists of the 1860s. The dispatches gathered in this volume constitute the most intensive journalistic coverage that Lincoln ever received, for Villard filed stories from the Illinois capital almost daily to the New York Herald, slightly less often to the Cincinnati Commercial, and occasionally to the San Francisco Bulletin.

Lincoln welcomed Villard and encouraged him to ask questions, as he was the only full-time correspondent for out-of-town papers. He spoke with inside sources, such as Lincoln’s private secretaries John G. Nicolay and John Hay, devoted friends like Jesse K. Dubois and Stephen T. Logan, political leaders like Governor Richard Yates, and journalists like William M. Springer and Robert R. Hitt.

Villard boasted that he did Lincoln a service by scaring off would-be office seekers who, fearing to see their names published in newspapers, gave up plans to visit the Illinois capital to badger the president-elect. Villard may have done an even greater service by publicizing Lincoln’s views on the secession crisis.

Also available is Burlingame’s Abraham Lincoln: A Life. affectionately labeled “The Green Monster,” this two-volume, slipcased set 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, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce current understanding of America’s sixteenth president.

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Coming Up on A House Divided
I Held Lincoln

I Held Lincoln

Join us for A House Divided on May 17 at 5:30 pm (CST) when Richard E. Quest talks with Daniel Weinberg about I Held Lincoln: A Union Sailor’s Journey Home. 

I Held Lincoln tells the story of almost a year in Lt. Benjamin Loring’s life; taken from his recently discovered private journal.

Lt. Benjamin Loring (1824–1902) lived the life of an everyman Civil War sailor. He commanded no armies and devised no grand strategies. Loring was a sailor who just wanted to return home, where the biggest story of his life awaited him.

I Held Lincoln describes the lieutenant’s command of the gunboat USS Wave, the Battle of Calcasieu Pass, the surrender of his ship, and his capture by the Confederates. He was incarcerated in Camp Groce, a deadly Confederate prison where he endured horrific conditions and abuse. Loring attempted to escape, evading capture for ten days behind enemy lines, only to be recaptured just a few miles from freedom. After an arduous second escape, he finally reached the safety of Union lines and gained his freedom.

On the night of April 14, 1865, Loring attended Ford’s Theater and witnessed one of the single most tragic events in American history: the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. After the shot rang out, Loring climbed into the presidential box and assisted the dying president, helping to carry him across the street to the Peterson House.

Quest tells this astonishing now-recovered story, giving insight into a little-known Confederate prison camp during the last days of the Civil War and providing much-deserved recognition to a man whose journey was nearly lost to American history.

Richard E. Quest is the founding president and executive director of the charitable nonprofit organization Books in Homes USA, Inc. He is a former history teacher, has held administrative positions in public education, and was a dean and associate vice president of several colleges. Quest is a member of the Loudoun County Civil War Round Table and is a guide at the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Virginia. He recently relocated to northern Virginia.

Order Your Signed Copy Today! We’ll ship it right after the show. Remember to watch at AuthorsVoice.net or Live at our Facebook page on the 17th at 3:30pm CST.

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Author’s Voice connects authors to the world! Our live stream can be watched from any platform, on any device. You can watch at AuthorsVoice.net or at our Facebook Page.

Do you have a question for our author?  Use the link at the web site to ask it now, or live during the show. We’ll share it with the author. Order your signed book, before, during or after the show. You can watch it again and again at our YouTube channel too.

Keep in touch on social media, via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Find us on all the platforms by searching for authorsvoice.

Celebrating Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day Passport

25 April 2018

This Saturday, April 28, is Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country!

Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day.

Here in Chicago, THE event is the Chicago Bookstore Crawl. Around 30 bookstores will be participating in the Crawl. It’s a great way to earn year-long discounts on books at the participating bookstores.

To begin their trip, readers can pick up a My Chicago Bookstore Passport and their first stamp from the store of their choice with an initial purchase of $25 or more. Then, with each visit to another bookstore the reader will earn another stamp on their passport. Visiting 10 book shops during the day earns you 10% off your book purchases for the entire year. Visit 15 shops and you’ll get 15% off. (Discounts are limited to in print titles; shop’s with stock and trade in collectible and rare books will have exceptions to the discount policy).

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. is a great place to visit at the start, end or middle of your day. We are very close to three L lines; the Blue, Red and Brown lines are a quick walk. A couple of stops into the Loop on the Brown line and you’re at the Pink, Green and Orange lines. With at least three buses nearby too, the opportunities are almost endless. With little planning and CTA Day Pass ($10) you could easily visit at least 15 shops.

Be sure to share your Chicago Independent Bookstore Day experience on Social Media. Use the hashtag #MyChicagoBookstore so everyone can find your post.


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Abraham Lincoln Book Shop will be hosting a Pop Up Shop for our Author’s Voice Network.

Author’s Voice connects authors to the world via Live Streamed book programming. With a line-up of six programs, Author’s Voice gives readers the opportunity to meet their favorite authors, ask questions, and order a signed book. Viewers can watch at AuthorsVoice.net or on our Facebook page. You can watch encore presentations on your own schedule at out YouTube page.

Many of the books featured on our shows-A House Divided, Berta’s Books, LadyBird & Friends, Lit With Love, Solved, Stranger Than Fiction-will be for sale. Most of the books for sale are signed by the author, too. With Author’s Voice, you can collect tomorrow’s classics, today!

Learn more about Author’s Voice at AuthorsVoice.net. You can subscribe to our mailing list there too. Also, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube at AuthorsVoice. Stay in touch so you never miss a favorite author.


Coming Up on A House Divided
Frank Cicero’s Creating the Land of Lincoln

Creating the Land of Lincoln

Frank Cicero joins us to talk about Creating the Land of Lincoln. Join us at AuthorsVoice.net or on Facebook Live on April 14, at 12 Noon, Central time. Learn more, Order you signed book today at AuthorsVoice.net.

Cicero’s book, Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Constitutions of  Illinois 1778 – 1870, provides an appealing new history of Illinois as expressed by the state’s constitutions―and the lively conventions that led to each one.

In its early days, Illinois seemed destined to extend the American South. Its population of transplants lived an upland southern culture and in some cases owned slaves. Yet the nineteenth century and three constitutions recast Illinois as a crucible of northern strength and American progress.

In Creating the Land of Lincoln, Cicero sheds light on the vital debates of delegates who, freed from electoral necessity, revealed the opinions, prejudices, sentiments, and dreams of Illinoisans at critical junctures in state history.

Cicero simultaneously analyzes decisions large and small that fostered momentous social and political changes. The addition of northern land in the 1818 constitution, for instance, opened up the state to immigrant populations that reoriented Illinois to the north. Legislative abuses and rancor over free blacks influenced the 1848 document and the subsequent rise of a Republican Party that gave the nation Abraham Lincoln as its president.

Cicero concludes with the 1870 constitution, revealing how its dialogues and resolutions set the state on the modern course that still endures today.

Also joining us on the program is Illinois State Historian, Dr. Samuel Wheeler. As the Illinois State Historian, Dr. Wheeler serves as the Director of Research and Collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois and is a member of the state’s Bicentennial Commission.

He will be discussing the exhibit, From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama.” The exhibit opened last month and is up until the end of the year. Assembled in honor of Illinois’ Bicentennial, it examines the connections of those four presidents to Illinois, their achievements as politicians and communicators, and the first ladies who helped them succeed.

Visitors can see rare artifacts gathered from institutions across the country, for each of these presidents. Learn more about the exhibit. 

We have chosen four pieces from our inventory that compliment this exhibit. Take a look!

Four Illinois Presidents


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Author’s Voice connects authors to the world! Our live stream can be watched from any platform, on any device. You can watch at AuthorsVoice.net or at our Facebook Page.

Do you have a question for our author?  Use the link at the web site to ask it now, or live during the show. We’ll share it with the author. Order your signed book, before, during or after the show. You can watch it again and again at our YouTube channel too.

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Author’s Voice Presents
Young Lincoln on A House Divided

Young Lincoln

On Saturday, March 10 Bjorn Skaptason, host of A House Divided, talks with Jan Jacobi about his new book, Young Lincoln. This paperback brings history to life for readers 12 – 16 years old. Join us LIVE on Facebook at the Author’s Voice Page. If you have a question for our author or would like to order a signed book visit AuthorsVoice.net.

Focusing on Lincoln’s childhood and young adult years, this novel is narrated by Abraham Lincoln himself. Lincoln encounters many of the same problems young people have face for generations-a demanding parent, balancing friendships, feeling shy and awkward around girls, and discovering what direction his life will take.

Using primary source materials, gathered mostly from the words of Lincoln Law partner, William Herndon, Jacobi gives young adult readers a portrait of Abraham Lincoln they will not see in history books. Jacobi captures Lincoln’s self-doubt and concern about his future. He is a youth and young adult experiencing struggle, doubt and loss.

Jan Jacobi has taught middle school English and humanities in three schools for over 40 years. He grew up in New York and came to St. Louis in 1982. For 27 years, he served as Head of Lower School at St. Louis Country Day School and Head of Middle School at MICDS. For the past five years he has taught 7th and 8th grade humanities at the St. Michael School in Clayton. In 2014 he was recognized as middle school teacher of the year by St. Louis Magazine. Ever since he came to St. Louis, he has been reading and writing about Abraham Lincoln. To celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published a number of his articles. He and his wife Ginger have three grown children, and they live with three dogs and a cat. His interests are gardening, and like Abraham Lincoln, reading the newspapers.

Join us on March 10 at Noon (CST) for Young Lincoln!

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Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

A Lady Has the Floor

March is Women’s History Month!

To kick off the celebration, we present Kate Hannigan, author of A Lady Has The Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights March 6 at 1pm CST. Join us LIVE on our Facebook Page or at AuthorsVoice.net. Betsy Bird hosts LadyBird and Friends on the Author’s Voice network.

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood was an American attorney, politician, educator, and author. She was active in working for women’s rights. From education to suffrage to the U.S. Supreme Court, Lockwood championed many important causes. As one of the first female attorneys in America, she helped widows, Civil War Veterans, Native Americans and freed slaves exercise their civil rights.

In 1879, she successfully petitioned Congress to be allowed to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 1880, she was the first woman attorney given this privilege. During one of her first appearances before the U. S. Supreme Court, she petitioned the court to admit Samuel R. Lowery. Admitted shortly after, Lowery would be the first Southern African American lawyer to argue there.

Lockwood ran for president in 1884 and 1888 on the ticket of the National Equal Rights Party and was the first woman to appear on official ballots. She couldn’t vote, but she could run!

Belva Lockwood BallotWhen the votes were counted, results revealed the Lockwood had garnered over 4,000 votes. Not enough votes to beat candidate Grover Cleveland, but more than enough to start people thinking about women and their roles in the government and society.

After her presidential runs, she turned her efforts to world peace. She was so influential in this sphere, that she was she asked to serve on the Nobel Peace Prize committee.

Belva Lockwood Photo

Lockwood did not live to see women’s suffrage. She died in 1917. Three years later the Nineteenth Amendment would be added to the U.S. Constitution.

A Lady Has The Floor, by Kate Hannigan provides a glimpse into Lockwood’s life. For young readers, (Ages 7-10, grades 2-5), this riveting nonfiction picture book biography, by award-winning author Kate Hannigan and celebrated artist Alison Jay illuminate the life of Lockwood, a woman who was never afraid to take the floor and speak her mind.

Join us March 6. You can watch LIVE on Facebook or at AuthorsVoice.net. Visit AuthorsVoice.net to order a signed book, or ask a question for the author. We’ll ask it for you during the show!



Quoting Lincoln… or Not…

Abraham Lincoln Quote

Abraham Lincoln is one of the world’s most frequent victims of misattributed and inaccurate quotes.

From the popular and folksy  “Whatever you are, be a good one”–probably paraphrased and usually attributed to William Makepeace Thackery–to President George H. W. Bush’s repeat of “Here I am-warts and all,” attributed to Oliver Cromwell; it seems everyone wants to get Lincoln in their side. My personal favorite leads off this post.

Our local politicians can’t get it right. Not even our governor is immune.

You’d think someone from The Land of Lincoln, who lives only a few blocks from Lincoln’s Springfield home and has the resources of The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as well as a being both a Dartmouth and Harvard graduate would know to check his sources!

Take a listen to what our own Daniel Weinberg and another Lincoln scholar had to say about Governor Rauner’s gaffe during a talk with Dave McKinney of WBEZ:

Getting Wrong With Lincoln

Maybe we should send a copy of our own Treasury of Lincoln Quotations!

Author’s Voice Presents
Copperheads! Lincoln Haters! Amorous Lovers!

This Infernal War

“…a unique window into the inner world of a ‘less than good soldier’ and his equally edgy wife” –Earl J. Hess

Join us Friday, February 2 at 2pm CST for A House Divided.  Bjorn Skaptason talks with Timothy Mason Roberts, editor of This Infernal War The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard. Watch Live on our Facebook page or at AuthorsVoice.net. Do you have a question for Mr. Roberts? Would you like to order a signed copy of his book? YOu can ask your question and order a signed copy by visiting AuthorsVoice.net today!

These antiwar love letters of a Copperhead soldier and his wife portray a couple that is far different from the Union couple we usually see.

Among collections of letters written between American soldiers and their spouses, the Civil War correspondence of William and Jane Standard stands out for conveying the complexity of the motives and experiences of Union soldiers and their families. The Standards of Lewiston in Fulton County, Illinois, were antiwar Copperheads. Their attitudes toward Abraham Lincoln, “Black Republicans,” and especially African Americans are, frankly, troubling to modern readers. Scholars who argue that the bulk of Union soldiers left their families and went to war to champion republican government or to wipe out slavery will have to account for this couple’s rejection of the war’s ideals.

Yet the war changed them, in spite of themselves. Jane’s often bitter letters illuminate the alienation of women left alone and the impact on a small community of its men going to war. But she grew more independent in her husband’s absence. Enlisting in the 103rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment in October 1862, William participated in General Sherman’s Siege of Vicksburg, the Battles of Missionary Ridge and Atlanta, and the March to the Sea. At the war’s end he proudly marched in the Grand Review of the Armies in the national capital. Meanwhile, he expressed enthusiasm for stealing and foraging (a.k.a., “cramping”) and unhappiness with his service, complaints that fed Jane’s intermittent requests that he desert or be captured and paroled. William’s odyssey illustrates the Union military’s assimilation of resentful Northern men to support a long, grueling, and, after 1862, revolutionary war on the South.

The Standards’ antiwar opinions hearken to modern expressions of pacifism and condemnation of government. Jane’s and William’s opposition to the war helped sustain their commitment to and dependence on each other to survive it. Their letters reveal two strongwilled people in love, remaining hopeful, passionate, loyal, and even playful as they awaited their own reunion.

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Showing Off Our Signatures

Abraham Lincoln Signature

Right now, we have a great selection of Abraham Lincoln signatures at the book shop.

If you are looking for a unique and always-appreciated gift for someone on your holiday list, we have some beautiful options–many with strong Lincoln associations–including Legal documents. We even have a check for renovations to the Lincoln home, which, according to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, included the construction of a new privvy!

Whether it is a signature, letter, endorsement, or document we have examples in many price ranges, as well as other Lincoln books, prints, photographs and other ephemera in all price ranges.

Daniel Weinberg, President of Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, takes a moment to share some of our favorites with you in the video below.

Forgeries abound on the internet, but you can be assured our knowledgeable staff will help you find an authentic one that is right for you. Happy Holidays!