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Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. will be closed in honor of Labor Day, September 3. We will be open tomorrow at 10 am.

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Author’s Voice presents A House Divided. Join us on August 2nd when we welcome two authors for two episodes.

At 3:00pm (C) we welcome Manisha Sinha to talk about her book, The Slave’s Cause. 

The Slaves Cause is a groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War

The general belief casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor.

Drawing on extensive archival research, including newly discovered letters and pamphlets, Sinha documents the influence of the Haitian Revolution and the centrality of slave resistance in shaping the ideology and tactics of abolition. This groundbreaking history of abolition recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Join us at 3pm; Bjorn Skaptason hosts.

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Following at 5pm (C) Paul Taylor joins Daniel Weinberg to talk about The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known. Taylor’s book examines the Union League movement.

Often portrayed as a mere footnote to the Civil War, the Union League’s influence on the Northern homefront was far more important and consequential than previously considered.

The martial enthusiasm that engulfed the North when the American Civil War commenced in April 1861 vanished by the following summer. Repeated military defeats, economic worries, and staggering casualties prompted many civilians to question the war’s viability. Frustration exploded into anger when Republican president Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in September.

The disgruntled voices grew louder. These anti-Lincoln Democrats, nicknamed Copperheads, viewed blacks with disdain and considered many of Lincoln s legal decisions to be unconstitutional. Civilian disenchantment led to significant Republican defeats in the November Congressional elections. As 1862 ended, Northern morale was at rock bottom.

Across the North, ardent pro-Lincoln men realized their country needed a patriotic stimulus, as well as an organized means of countering what they viewed as their Copperhead adversaries treasonous pronouncements and subversion. These men formed what became known as Union Leagues: semisecretive societies whose members had to possess unconditional loyalty to the Lincoln administration and unwavering support for all of its efforts to suppress the rebellion. Their mysterious member initiation rites were likened to a solemn religious ceremony.

The Union League and its various offshoots spread rapidly across the North, and in this first comprehensive examination of the leagues, Taylor discusses what made them so effective, including their recruitment strategies, their use of ostracism as a way of stifling dissent, and their distribution of political propaganda in quantities unlike anything previously imagined. By the end of 1863, readers learn, it seemed as if every hamlet from Maine to California had formed its own league chapter, collectively overwhelming their Democratic foe in the 1864 presidential election.

 

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A House Divided Presents
A Campaign of Giants

A Campaign of Giants

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Join us for A House Divided on July 19 at 5:00 pm (C) when A. Wilson Green talks with Bjorn Skaptason about A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg, Volume 1.

Grinding, bloody, and ultimately decisive, the Petersburg Campaign was the Civil War’s longest and among its most complex. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee squared off for more than nine months in their struggle for Petersburg, the key to the Confederate capital at Richmond.

Featuring some of the war’s most notorious battles, the campaign played out against a backdrop of political drama and crucial fighting elsewhere, with massive costs for soldiers and civilians alike. After failing to bull his way into Petersburg, Grant concentrated on isolating the city from its communications with the rest of the surviving Confederacy, stretching Lee’s defenses to the breaking point. When Lee’s desperate breakout attempt failed in March 1865, Grant launched his final offensives that forced the Confederates to abandon the city on April 2, 1865. A week later, Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House.

Here A. Wilson Greene opens his sweeping new three-volume history of the Petersburg Campaign, taking readers from Grant’s crossing of the James in mid-June 1864 to the fateful Battle of the Crater on July 30. Full of fresh insights drawn from military, political, and social history, A Campaign of Giants is destined to be the definitive account of the campaign. With new perspectives on operational and tactical choices by commanders, the experiences of common soldiers and civilians, and the significant role of the United States Colored Troops in the fighting, this book offers essential reading for all those interested in the history of the Civil War.

A. Wilson Greene is the former president of the Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and author of The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign.

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.

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.

 

Gettysburg Civil War Collectors Show – We’ll See You There!

Gettysburg Civil War Collectors Show

18 June 2018

We wanted to let everyone know Abraham Lincoln Book Shop’s Daniel Weinberg will be attending The 45th Annual Gettysburg Civil War Collectors Show.

The show runs from June 29 to July 1 and is at the All Star Events Complex in Gettysburg, PA.

A major annual fundraiser for the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, the Artifacts and Collector’s Show is regarded as on of the best in the nation. Expected to again feature more than 200 vendors and better than 300 tables of artifacts, swords, firearms, correspondence, books, photographs, documents and much more. Several tables are occupied by exhibitors to promote their niche in artifact collection and sharing the legacy of the Civil War in American history. This is a great opportunity to see some very rare items.

The All Star Events Complex is only a few miles from the Gettysburg National Military Park as well as the town of Gettysburg. Also very nearby is the Eisenhower National Historic Site. There are activities for the whole family. Here are some ideas.

Daniel is planning on bringing primarily autograph and manuscript material.

To learn more, especially about the VIP sneak peek on Friday night, please visit the web site. 

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Two Books! Two Days!

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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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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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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.

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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.

 

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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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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!