HAROLD HOLZER 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 serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001–2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. bio continues here...

Special Announcement:
Harold Holzer has been appointed as the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of the College's Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. In his new role at Roosevelt House, which since its opening in 2010 has become a magnet for some of the world's top public policy and human rights leaders, Holzer will oversee the institute's public programming, student curricula and academic research. He also will work with President Raab and Hunter's provost to continue to refine the institute's role as a leading center of public discourse in New York City and around the world. Holzer also will serve on the Hunter faculty as a professor in the history department. Read more in this New York Times article.

On the 206th anniversary of Lincoln's Birthday, Harold Holzer was awarded the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. He responded with a "heartfelt thanks to Gilder Lehrman Institute, Gettysburg College, and prize jury for this amazing Lincoln's Birthday honor." Read more here.

Harold with the Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize on April 23, 2015.

On June 25th, The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated the retirement of Harold Holzer, after he served for more than 20 years. From l-r: former Museum director Philippe de Montebello, Holzer, former president Emily Rafferty, and current director Thomas P. Campbell.

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

Upcoming Personal Appearances

September 28 • Tauck Tours Talk, "Lincoln's Legacy: Personality," Gettysburg, PA
October 1 • "Lincoln and the Press," P. Newman Lecture of the Historical Society of Frederick County, MD
October 2 • "Lincoln: Real vs. Reel," Screening and Lecture for Gettysburg Foundation, Washington, DC
October 5 • On-Stage Interview by Talmage Boston, Kings College, New York, NY
October 6 • "Lincoln and the Press: Master or Monster," Martel Lecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


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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.

The Civil War in 50 Objects
Harold Holzer

Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer sheds new light on the war by examining fifty objects from the New-York Historical Society’s acclaimed collection. A daguerreotype of an elderly, dignified ex-slave, whose unblinking stare still mesmerizes; a soldier’s footlocker still packed with its contents; Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox–the stories these objects tell are rich, poignant, sometimes painful, and always fascinating. They illuminate the conflict from all perspectives–Union and Confederate, military and civilian, black and white, male and female–and give readers a deeply human sense of the war.