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General Information

Name:  Michael Burlingame  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Washington, DC


-- Website -- http://michaelburlingame.com


Illinois Connection

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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Selected Titles At Your Library

Abraham Lincoln :
ISBN: 1421409739. OCLC Number: 835592288

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Overview: 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. In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's presidency and the trials of the Civil War. He supplies fascinating details on the crisis over Fort Sumter and the relentless office seekers who plagued Lincoln. He introduces readers to the president's battles with hostile newspaper editors and his quarrels with incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also interprets Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd, the untimely death of his son Willie to disease in 1862, and his recurrent anguish over the enormous human costs of the war.

Abraham Lincoln :
ISBN: 0809327384. OCLC Number: 782950420

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In 1890 Abraham Lincoln's two main White House secretaries, John G. Nicolay and John Hay, published the ten-volume biography Abraham Lincoln: A History. Although the authors witnessed the daily events occurring within the executive mansion and the national Capitol, their lengthy biography is more a recounting of the Civil War era than a study of Lincoln's life. Editor Michael Burlingame sifted through the original forty-seven-hundred-page work and selected only the personal observations of the secretaries during the Lincoln presidency, placing ten excerpts in c.

An American marriage :
ISBN: 1643137344. OCLC Number: 1201299101

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Explores the tumultuous marriage between Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd, including an examination of her illicit business dealings, alleged physical abuse, and their disagreements about values.

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

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

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

Sixteenth president-in-waiting :
ISBN: 080933643X. OCLC Number: 1042329680

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"The most noteworthy reporting of German-born Henry Villard dates from late 1860 and early 1861, when he was embedded in Springfield, Illinois, after Abraham Lincoln's election to the presidency and before his inauguration. Michael Burlingame has organized and annotated all of Villard's dispatches from November 1860 to January 1861"--

The Black Man's President: Abraham Lincoln, Black Abolitionists, and the Pursuit of Racial Equality
ISBN: 1643138138. OCLC Number: 1236259597

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The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln
ISBN: 0252066677. OCLC Number: 71222450

Univ of IL Press. .

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.