Lincoln, “A House Divided,” Sources

Suggested Readings, Audio-Visual Materials, and On-Line Resources


Lincoln Biographies

Burlingame, Michael.  Abraham Lincoln: A Life.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Carwardine, Richard J.  Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power.  New York: Knopf, 2006.

Donald, David Herbert.  Lincoln.  New York: Random House, 1995.

Harris, William C.  Lincoln’s Rise to the Presidency.  Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

McPherson, James M.  Abraham Lincoln.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Oates, Stephen B.  With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln.  New York: Harper and Row, 1977.

Thomas, Benjamin P.  Abraham Lincoln: A Biography.  New York: Knopf, 1952.

White, Ronald C., Jr.  A. Lincoln: A Biography.  New York: Random House, 2009.

The “House Divided” Speech

Briggs, John Channing.  “The ‘House Divided’ Speech: The Logic of Hopeful Resolve,” Lincoln’s Speeches Reconsidered (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2005), 164-183.

Fehrenbacher, Don E.  “The Origins and Purpose of the House Divided Speech.” In Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850’s, ed. Virginia Fehrenbacher, pp. 70-95. Stanford, CA:  Stanford University Press, 1962.

Leff, Michael C.  Rhetorical Timing in Lincoln’s ‘House Divided’ Speech.” The Van Zelst Lecture in Communication. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University School of Speech, 1983.

Pfau, Michael William.  “The House That Abe Built: The ‘House Divided’ Speech and Republican Party Politics.” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 2 (1999): 625-651.

Zarefsky, David.  “Lincoln and the House Divided: Launching a National Political Career,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 13 (2010): 421-453.

Lincoln’s Speeches

Briggs, John Channing.  Lincoln’s Speeches Reconsidered.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Einhorn, Lois J.  Abraham Lincoln the Orator.  Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1992.

Kaplan, Fred.  Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer.  New York: Harper and Row, 2008.

White, Ronald C., Jr.  The Eloquent President.  New York: Random House, 2005.

Wilson, Douglas L.  Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words.  New York: Knopf, 2006.

The Historical Period

Burton, Orville Vernon.  The Age of Lincoln.  New York: Hill and Wang, 2007.

Fehrenbacher, Don E.  The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Foner, Eric.  The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.  New York: Norton, 2010.

Jaffa, Harry V.  Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1959.

Potter, David M.  The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861.  New York: Harper and Row, 1976.

Stampp, Kenneth M.  America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Zarefsky, David.  Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Audio-Visual Materials

“Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided.” PBS American Experience, DVD, 2001.

“Abraham Lincoln: Preserving the Union.” A&E Biography, DVD, 1997.

“Civil War.” PBS series with Ken Burns, 1990, 5 DVD set.

“Life of Lincoln Interactive.” Indiana Historical Society, DVD, 2004.

Online Resources

“Abraham Lincoln Association” homepage, includes links to “Lincoln Daily Log,”

“Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitalization Project,” links to digitalized indexes and documents from Lincoln’s Illinois years, 1830-1860,

“Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum,” includes interactive timeline, exhibit information, and links to other Lincoln-related sites,

“American President: Abraham Lincoln.” Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia,

“Collected Works of Lincoln,” searchable by simple and Boolean searches with unique word index,

“History Channel” link on Lincoln includes hyperlinks to key figures and topics,

“House Divided Speech – Abraham Lincoln,” The Lincoln Institute/The Lehrman Institute.

“Illinois Historic Preservation Agency,”

“Illinois State Archives,”

“Illinois State Historical Society,”

“Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association,”

“Library of Congress’ American Memory” site search by topic or timeline,

“Lincoln Bicentennial Commission,”

“Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College,”

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