HAROLD HOLZER, winner of The 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize, is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer served for six years (2010–2016) as Chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. For the previous 10 years he co-chaired the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), appointed by President Clinton. President Bush awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. And in 2013, Holzer wrote an essay on Lincoln for the official program at the re-inauguration of President Obama. He is now co-chairman of The Lincoln Forum. bio continues here...

Special Announcement:
Harold Holzer's latest book, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French, will be published in spring 2019 and previewed at events beginning with the November 2018 Lincoln Forum. It is the first full-length, lavishly illustrated biography of the sculptor of the statue at the Lincoln Memorial.

Harold delivers the annual oration at the Gettysburg National Soldiers' Cemetery on November 19, 2017—to mark the 154th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Photo: Henry Ballone.

Harold addressing the January 24, 2016 HistoryMiami symposium on "Abraham Lincoln and Immigration."

Harold is on Twitter! Follow Harold for insights on Lincoln, updates on appearances, and general musings and behind-the-scenes photos.

Upcoming Personal Appearances

August 8 • Annual Lincoln Talk and Reception, Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA: "The Lincoln Family Album"
Sept. 14 • Speaking on the NYC Draft Riots at the conference Turning Points in the Civil War, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. For more information and tickets: jgomez@huntington.org
Sept. 24 • Speaking at the University of West Virginia
Sept. 26 • Battles of the Civil War: Antietam Revisited (with Craig Symonds and John Marszalek), New-York Historical Society. For tickets, www.nyhistory.org.
Oct. 12–14 • Appearing with actor Stephen Lang at programs celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film Gettysburg, Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center
Nov. 16–18 • Speaking on sculptor Daniel Chester French at the 23rd annual Lincoln Forum. For registration information, www.thelincolnforum.org
Dec.8 • 50th anniversary of "Chesterwood," Stockbridge, MA, as a National Trust site; preview of Monument Man
Dec. 13 • Annual Chesterwood Lecture—on Monument Man—at National Arts Club, NYC


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The Annotated Lincoln
Edited by Harold Holzer and Thomas A. Horrocks

No American president before or since has faced the problems that confronted Abraham Lincoln when he took office in 1861. Nor has any president expressed himself with such eloquence on issues of great moment. Lincoln's writings reveal the depth of his thought and feeling and the sincerity of his convictions as he weighed the cost of freedom and preserving the Union. Now for the first time an annotated edition of Lincoln's essential writings examines the extraordinary man who produced them and explains the context in which they were composed.

A Just and Generous Nation: Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for American Opportunity
Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle

In A Just and Generous Nation, the eminent historian Harold Holzer and the noted economist Norton Garfinkle present a groundbreaking new account of the beliefs that inspired our sixteenth president to go to war when the Southern states seceded from the Union. Rather than a commitment to eradicating slavery or a defense of the Union, they argue, Lincoln's guiding principle was the defense of equal economic opportunity.

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1865: America Makes War and Peace in Lincoln's Final Year
Harold Holzer

In 1865 Americans faced some of the most important issues in the nation’s history: the final battles of the Civil War, the struggle to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, the peace process, reconstruction, the role of freed slaves, the tragedy of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and the trials of the conspirators. In this illuminating collection, prominent historians of nineteenth-century America offer insightful overviews of the individuals, events, and issues that shaped the future of the United States in 1865.

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion
Harold Holzer

Holzer shows us an activist Lincoln through journalists who covered him from his start through to the night of his assassination when one reporter ran to the box where Lincoln was shot and emerged to write the story covered with blood. In a wholly original way, Holzer shows us politicized newspaper editors battling for power, and a masterly president using the press to speak directly to the people and shape the nation.

President Lincoln Assassinated!!: the Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial and Mourning
Harold Holzer

For the 150th anniversary, Harold Holzer presents an unprecedented firsthand chronicle of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. On April 14, 1865, Good Friday, the Civil War claimed its ultimate sacrifice. President Lincoln Assassinated!! recaptures the dramatic immediacy of Lincoln's assassination, the hunt for the conspirators and their military trial, and the nation's mourning for the martyred president. The fateful story is told in more than eighty original documents—eyewitness reports, medical records, trial transcripts, newspaper articles, speeches, letters, diary entries, and poems—by more than seventy-five participants and observers, including the assassin John Wilkes Booth and Boston Corbett, the soldier who shot him.

Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President
Edited by Harold Holzer, Craig Symonds, Frank J. Williams

Ubiquitous and enigmatic, the historical Lincoln, the literary Lincoln, even the cinematic Lincoln have all proved both fascinating and irresistible. Though some 16,000 books have been written about him, there is always more to say, new aspects of his life to consider, new facets of his persona to explore. Enlightening and entertaining, Exploring Lincoln offers a selection of sixteen papers presented at the Lincoln Forum symposia over the past three years.