100 Years of Publishing Lincoln 50% off Sale

To celebrate 100 years of publishing Lincoln, we’re having a sale on all our Lincoln Studies titles! October 3-6, use Promo Code LINCOLN on our website to get 50% off on all Lincoln Studies books!


Abraham Lincoln is no stranger to the University of Illinois Press. In fact, Daniel Kilham Dodge’s Abraham Lincoln: The Evolution of His Literary Style was published 18 years before the press was officially established by the Board of Trustees. Since then,  the press has published dozens of important titles in Lincoln and Civil War studies from many of the nation’s premiere Lincoln Scholars. The Press also works closely with many organizations in the field including the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center, the Abraham Lincoln Association, and the Illinois Historical Society.

Need some ideas for what to buy? Check out some of our latest and greatest below. And if you’re attending the Conference on Illinois History, don’t miss our 100 Years of Publishing Lincoln panel and centennial reception.

Making an Antislavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Battle Over Freedom

Graham A. Peck

The Press’s commitment to the study of our state’s and nation’s past continues. Published in 2017, Graham A. Peck’s Making an Antislavery Nation presents an original and compelling explanation for the triumph of the antislavery movement in the United States in the years prior to the Civil War.




Lincoln’s Confidant: The Life of Noah Brooks

Wayne C. Temple

From the legendary Lincoln scholar Wayne C. Temple comes the long-awaited full-length biography of Noah Brooks, the influential Illinois journalist who championed Abraham Lincoln in Illinois state politics and became his almost daily companion at the White House.

Available December 2018




Lincoln the Lawyer

Brian Dirck

Lincoln, of course, was more than a president. He spent most of his adult life as a practicing lawyer. Dirck’s Lincoln the Lawyer explores the origins of Lincoln’s desire to practice law, his legal education, his partnerships with colleagues, and the maturation of his far-flung practice in the 1840s and 1850s.

Awarded the Barondess/Lincoln Award of the Civil War Round Table of New York (2007)




The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Rodney O. Davis and Douglas L. Wilson, eds.

Published during the 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates in 2008, Davis’s and Wilson’s landmark volume is the most complete record ever assembled on the topic.

A volume in the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center Series





“We Cannot Escape History”: Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth

James M. McPherson, ed.

Well known for his 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, McPherson assembled Lincoln and Civil War scholars including Kenneth M. Stampp, Jean H. Baker, and Harold Holzer for “We Cannot Escape History,” which examines Lincoln’s role in shaping the destiny of the United States and the world.




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