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Name:  Michael Burlingame  

Pen Name: None


Born: in Washington, DC

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Lives in Springfield, Illinois and works at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

He was born in Washington DC and attended Phillips Academy, Andover. As a freshman at Princeton University, he took the Civil War course taught by the eminent Lincolnian David Herbert Donald, who hired him a research assistant. When Professor Donald moved on to Johns Hopkins University, Burlingame upon graduation from Princeton followed him to that institution. There he received his Ph.D.In 1968 he joined the History Department at Connecticut College in New London, where he taught until retiring in 2001 as the May Buckley Sadowski Professor of History Emeritus. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2009.Michael is also the editor of seven books on Lincoln and the Civil War including:"With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865""Inside the White House in War Times: Memoirs and Reports of Lincoln's Secretary""At Lincoln's Side: John Hay's Civil War Correspondence and Selected Writings""Lincoln's Humor" and Other Essays""The Real Lincoln: A Portrait""The Observations of John G. Nicolay and John Hay" , and; "Dispatches from Lincoln's White House: The Anonymous Civil War Journalism of Presidential Secretary William O. Stoddard"

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Abraham Lincoln :
ISBN: 9781469025742. OCLC Number: 850380311

Hachette Audio,. .

Abraham Lincoln :
ISBN: 0801889936. OCLC Number: 190596915

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In the first multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame 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. Volume 1 covers Lincoln's early childhood, his experiences as a farm boy in Indiana and Illinois, his legal training, and the political ambition that led to a term in Congress in the 1840s. In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's life during his presidency and the Civil War, narrating in fascinating detail the crisis over Fort Sumter and Lincoln's own battles with relentless office seekers, hostile newspaper editors, and incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also offers new interpretations of Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd and the untimely deaths of two sons to disease. But through it all -- his difficult childhood, his contentious political career, a fratricidal war, and tragic personal losses-- Lincoln preserved a keen sense of humor and acquired a psychological maturity that proved to be the North's most valuable asset in winning the Civil War.

Lincoln and the Civil War
ISBN: 9780809390700. OCLC Number: 775360896

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

20 books. 2 binders of pamphlets/newslatters. 2 video tapes.

The inner world of Abraham Lincoln /
ISBN: 0252066677. OCLC Number: 71222450

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Overview: Abraham Lincoln's excruciating, yet highly productive, midlife crisis; his woeful marriage to a dishonest woman who often embarrassed and sometimes physically abused him; his intense estrangement from a shiftless father; his streak of cruelty; his explosive temper; and his aversion to women are among the topics covered by Michael Burlingame in The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln. Based primarily on long-neglected manuscript and newspaper sources - especially on reminiscences of people who knew Lincoln - this psycho biography casts new light on the emotional origins of Lincoln's deep hatred of slavery, on his transformation from a party hack to a statesman, on his relations with his family, on the causes of his depressions, and on the roots of his ambition. Burlingame uses a blend of Freudian and Jungian theory to interpret the psyche of the sixteenth president. Based primarily on long-neglected manuscript and newspaper sources--and especially on reminiscences of people who knew him--this psycho biography casts new light on Lincoln. Burlingame uses a blend of Freudian and Jungian theory to interpret the psyche of the 16th president.