Category Archives: Lincoln

New in paperback, Herndon’s Lincoln offers today’s readers the most influential biography of the Railsplitter ever published. William H. Herndon aspired to write a faithful portrait of his friend and law partner, Abraham Lincoln, based on his own observations and on … Continue reading

Seven-year-old Jesse W. Weik was in the crowd when Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train passed through Indianapolis on its way to Springfield. Weik’s father, an immigrant baker and grocer, lifted his son to see the late president’s body. Years later, the … Continue reading

Ann Dumville and her daughters Jemima, Hephzibah, and Elizabeth were not history makers in the way we traditionally think of such figures. None of these women held high political office nor stood firsthand as a participant in a pivotal moment … Continue reading

Presidents have the unique perspective on other presidents. After all, a president—living or dead, current or former—belongs to a club that remains very small, and intimately knows a job that’s unlike any other. William Henry Herndon, author of the new UIP … Continue reading

The UIP publishes lots of books on Abraham Lincoln. You might think: can’t you be more contemporary? John Wilkes Booth assassinated the poor man 150-some odd years ago. But the Railsplitter remains newsworthy. Dateline: Kankakee, Illinois, where a thief or thieves have stolen … Continue reading

New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration for most. It’s a time to look forward to better things and a time to reflect on the year that will soon be behind us. When it comes the American Civil War, … Continue reading

Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression by Cara A. Finnegan has won the Outstanding Book of the Year by the National Communication Association’s Visual Communication division. In Making Photography Matter, Finnegan illustrates how encounters … Continue reading

Today marks the 196th anniversary of Illinois becoming a part of the United States. Not yet the Land of Lincoln—the Railsplitter had just turned nine the previous winter—Illinois forever left behind its status as part of the Northwest Territory. State … Continue reading

Collaborators for Emancipation is an examination of the relationship between President Abraham Lincoln and Congregational minister Owen Lovejoy. Authors William F. Moore and Jane Ann Moore collaborated themselves on both the book and answering some questions for the UIP blog. … Continue reading

Two UIP titles are available in paperback editions today. A Secret Society History of the Civil War Were the forces that drove the United States to civil war prompted by secret organizations such as the Brotherhood of the Union? Mark A. … Continue reading