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Holzer, Harold

Works: 186 works in 436 publications in 4 languages and 39,618 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Anecdotes  Records and correspondence  Exhibition catalogs  Miscellanea  Exhibition, pictorial works  Biography‡vAnecdotes  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Signer
Classifications: E457.92, 973.7092
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Most widely held works about Harold Holzer
Most widely held works by Harold Holzer
The Lincoln-Douglas debates : the first complete, unexpurgated text by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 1,551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the blistering summer of 1858, as America teetered on the brink of disunion, two Illinois politicians seized the nation's attention and gripped it for two extraordinary months. Through the sheer force of their words, personalities, and ideas, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas transformed a local contest for the U.S. Senate into a watershed national debate on the contentious issue of slavery and, indeed, on the principles upon which this country was founded. Yet what Lincoln and Douglas really said in those seminal debates has long been suppressed. At the time, newspapers were blatantly partisan, and though stenographers took down the speeches word for word, editors and transcribers subsequently "improved" their candidate's remarks while printing his opponent's words, warts and all. What has been reprinted ever since are the "improved," inaccurate versions. Harold Holzer has uncovered unedited texts of the debates, and this book will be the first ever to present all seven of them in their unexpurgated entirety. Besides the first true transcription of the debates, Holzer offers, through an Introduction and extensive notes, crystalline portraits of the combatants - their personalities and bearing, their quirks and foibles. Holzer also casts a brilliant light on the "house divided against itself," showing us an America at once exuberant and deeply uncertain about its future. He provides trenchant evocations of the physical and emotional stages on which the debates were set. We glimpse the feverishly enthusiastic audiences that mobbed the debates. We also witness the exceptional fervor with which the entire country followed them. Lincoln and Douglas galvanized a nation and permanently transformed our national consciousness with the speeches they gave during the summer and fall of 1858. To read the words these men actually spoke in their historic confrontation is an opportunity to witness the apex of American political discourse. Here - for the first time in more than 130 years - are those words. Here - at last - is that opportunity
Lincoln on democracy by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On cover: His own words, with essays by America's foremost Civil War historians
Lincoln president-elect : Abraham Lincoln and the great secession winter 1860-1861 by Harold Holzer( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Lincoln first demonstrated his determination and leadership in the Great Secession Winter -- the four months between his election in November 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861 -- when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for generations. Though Lincoln has been criticized by many historians for failing to appreciate the severity of the secession crisis that greeted his victory, Harold Holzer shows that the president-elect waged a shrewd and complex campaign to prevent the expansion of slavery while vainly trying to limit secession to a few Deep South states. During this most dangerous White House transition in American history, the country had two presidents: one powerless (the president-elect, possessing no constitutional authority), the other paralyzed (the incumbent who refused to act). Through limited, brilliantly timed and crafted public statements, determined private letters, tough political pressure, and personal persuasion, Lincoln guaranteed the integrity of the American political process of majority rule, sounded the death knell of slavery, and transformed not only his own image but that of the presidency, even while making inevitable the war that would be necessary to make these achievements permanent. Lincoln President-Elect is the first book to concentrate on Lincoln's public stance and private agony during these months and on the momentous consequences when he first demonstrated his determination and leadership. Holzer recasts Lincoln from an isolated prairie politician yet to establish his greatness, to a skillful shaper of men and opinion and an immovable friend of freedom at a decisive moment when allegiance to the founding credo "all men are created equal" might well have been sacrificed
Why Lincoln matters : today more than ever by Mario M Cuomo( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Lincoln became president on the brink of a terrible war, and he led our country through its darkest times. Challenged by slavery, secession, and war, Lincoln was able to articulate forcefully the values and ideals that have sustained our country since its inception. His speeches, writings, and actions melded the Constitution, the Bible, and his own experience into an American scripture that inspires faith in the future. Today, our country faces terrible challenges, a shadowy war, increasing inequality among our people, and a society with knife-sharp divisions-and there is a decided lack of vision in our country's leadership. So Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York, and a gifted political philosopher, returns to Lincoln's words, his speeches and writings, to offer guidance for today's problems. He shows how the big issues--equality, the role of government, war and peace, the responsibilities of the fortunate few--resonate in today's political climate as he brings to life the contemporary relevance of Lincoln's message for today's hot-button subjects. Cuomo's analysis of Abraham Lincoln will inspire readers to believe that government can still be a force for greater good in American society. And it offers us a liberal, generous, and responsible path for the future. Abraham Lincoln is surely the most revered President in our history. His words are American Scripture. And like scripture, Lincoln's words are quoted for good and for ill. Mario Cuomo, three-term Governor of New York, one of the great orators of our day and a staunch liberal, will write the book that shows what a liberal Lincoln was, and how his political philosophy should work as progressive ideas in the 21st century. He takes up all the important subjects for our political era, and shows where Lincoln stood on the issues. The outline includes chapters on: Equality; Freedom; Opportunity; Responsibility; Community; The role of government; The rule of law, and, in light of the recent war in Iraq, he is adding a chapter on "Just War" and what that really means. Abraham Lincoln, long the most resonant voice of American political values, was a founding member of the Republican Party. In today's charged political climate, he would be hard-pressed to recognize the issues in the contemporary GOP, argues Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York and a gifted political philosopher. Mario Cuomo shows how the big issues-equality, the role of government, war and peace, the responsibilities of the fortunate few-resonate in today's political climate as he brings to life the contemporary relevance of Lincoln's message for today's hot-button issues. Today's political discourse often lacks depth and wisdom, but Mario Cuomo's analysis of Abraham Lincoln will inspire readers to believe that government can still be a force for greater good in American society
Lincoln at Cooper Union : the speech that made Abraham Lincoln president by Harold Holzer( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the Cooper Union speech in the context of the 1860 presidential campaign and discusses how Lincoln used it as an opportunity to dispel doubts about his suitability for the presidency
In Lincoln's hand : his original manuscripts by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of writings includes images of a variety of handwritten speeches, letters, and childhood notebooks, accompanied by commentary by James M. McPherson, Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Updike, Toni Morrison, and other notables
The Lincoln anthology : great writers on his life and legacy from 1860 to now by Harold (EDT) Holzer( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together 110 selections by a diverse array of 95 writers from William Cullen Bryant to E. L. Doctorow. Represents a composite portrait of our greatest president told by the journalists, biographers, satirists, essayists, novelists, clergymen, poets, play-wrights, historians, memoirists, and statesmen who have shaped our understanding of Lincoln and his complex and crucial legacy over the last 150 years
The Lincoln image : Abraham Lincoln and the popular print by Harold Holzer( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Civil War in 50 objects by Harold Holzer( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a visual perspective on the Civil War as reflected by artifacts ranging from a soldier's footlocker and the Emancipation Proclamation to leaves from Abraham Lincoln's bier and Grant's handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox
Lincoln and the power of the press : the war for public opinion by Harold Holzer( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From his earliest days, Lincoln spoke to the public directly through the press. When war broke out and the nation was tearing itself apart, Lincoln authorized the most widespread censorship in the nation's history, closing down papers that were "disloyal" and even jailing or exiling editors who opposed enlistment or sympathized with secession. The telegraph, the new invention that made instant reporting possible, was moved to the office of Secretary of War Stanton to deny it to unfriendly newsmen. 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
Lincoln as I knew him : gossip, tributes, and revelations from his best friends and worst enemies by Harold Holzer( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a fascinating collection of nineteenth-century letters, diary entries, book excerpts, and speeches written by people who actually met Abraham Lincoln. How did abolitionists and slaveholders invited to the White House view him? Why were Lincoln's childhood playmates jealous of him? How did fellow lawyers rate his legal skills?
Abraham Lincoln, the writer : a treasury of his greatest speeches and letters by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of speeches and letters of Abraham Lincoln, with brief introductions that provice historical background. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white archival photographs
The Emancipation Proclamation : three views (social, political, iconographic) by Harold Holzer( Book )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Emancipation Proclamation is the most important document of arguably the greatest president in U.S. history. Now, Edna Greene Medford, Frank J. Williams, and Harold Holzer?eminent experts in their fields?remember, analyze, and interpret the Emancipation Proclamation in three distinct respects: the influence of and impact upon African Americans; the legal, political, and military exigencies; and the role pictorial images played in establishing the document in public memory. The result is a carefully balanced yet provocative study that views the proclamation and its author from the perspective of fellow Republicans, antiwar Democrats, the press, the military, the enslaved, free blacks, and the antislavery white establishment, as well as the artists, publishers, sculptors, and their patrons who sought to enshrine Abraham Lincoln and his decree of freedom in iconography." -- publisher website (October 2006)
The Lincoln mailbag : America writes to the President, 1861-1865 by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The letters, of course, speak for themselves, but Holzer's introduction and annotations provide historical context for events and people described as well as for those who wrote so passionately to their president in Lincoln's America
Lincoln revisited : new insights from the Lincoln Forum by John Y Simon( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of eighteen essays that examines the life and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, covering such topics as his domestic and foreign policy, religion, slavery and emancipation, and his assassination
Emancipating Lincoln : the Proclamation in text, context, and memory by Harold Holzer( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emancipating Lincoln seeks a new approach to the Emancipation Proclamation, a foundational text of American liberty that in recent years has been subject to woeful misinterpretation. These seventeen hundred words are Lincoln's most important piece of writing, responsible both for his being hailed as the Great Emancipator and for his being pilloried by those who consider his once-radical effort at emancipation insufficient and half-hearted. Harold Holzer, an award-winning Lincoln scholar, invites us to examine the impact of Lincoln's momentous announcement at the moment of its creation, and then as its meaning has changed over time. Using neglected original sources, Holzer uncovers Lincoln's very modern manipulation of the media-from his promulgation of disinformation to the ways he variously withheld, leaked, and promoted the Proclamation- in order to make his society-altering announcement palatable to America. Examining his agonizing revisions, we learn why a peerless prose writer executed what he regarded as his 'greatest act' in leaden language. Turning from word to image, we see the complex responses in American sculpture, painting, and illustration across the past century and a half, as artists sought to criticize, lionize, and profit from Lincoln's endeavor. Holzer shows the faults in applying our own standards to Lincoln's efforts, but also demonstrates how Lincoln's obfuscations made it nearly impossible to discern his true motives. As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation, this concise volume is a vivid depiction of the painfully slow march of all Americans-white and black, leaders and constituents-toward freedom. -- Publisher description
Lincoln and freedom : slavery, emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln's reelection in 1864 was a pivotal moment in the history of the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation had officially gone into effect on January 1, 1863, and the proposed Thirteenth Amendment had become a campaign issue. Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment captures these historic times, profiling the individuals, events, and enactments that led to slavery's abolition. Fifteen leading Lincoln scholars contribute to this collection, covering slavery from its roots in 1619 Jamestown, through the adoption of the Co
The Lincoln assassination conspirators : their confinement and execution, as recorded in the letterbook of John Frederick Hartranft by John F Hartranft( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On May 1, 1865, two weeks after Abraham Lincoln's assassination, recently inaugurated president Andrew Johnson appointed John Frederick Hartranft to command the military prison at the Washington Arsenal, where the U.S. government had just incarcerated the seven men and one woman accused of complicity in the shooting. From that day through the execution of four of the accomplices, the Pennsylvania-born general held responsibility for the most notorious prisoners in American history. A strict adherent to protocol, Hartranft kept a meticulously detailed account of his experiences in the form of a letterbook. In The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, noted Lincoln scholars Edward Steers, Jr., and Harold Holzer, in partnership with the National Archives, present this fascinating historical record for the first time with contextual materials and expert annotations, providing a remarkable glimpse behind the scenes of the assassination's aftermath."--Inside jacket
Lincoln's White House secretary : the adventurous life of William O. Stoddard by William O Stoddard( Book )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Osborn Stoddard, Lincoln's "third secretary" who worked alongside John G. Nicolay and John Hay in the White House from 1861 to 1865, completed his autobiography in 1907, one of more than one hundred books he wrote. An abridged version was published by his son in 1955 as "Lincoln's Third Secretary: The Memoirs of William O. Stoddard." In this new, edited version, Lincoln's White House Secretary: The Adventurous Life of William O. Stoddard, Harold Holzer provides an introduction, afterword, and annotations and includes comments by Stoddard's granddaughter, Eleanor
The living Lincoln( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pt. 1. Leadership in the making -- pt. 2. Race and slavery -- pt. 3. Martyrdom and memory
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Lincoln president-elect : Abraham Lincoln and the great secession winter 1860-1861
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Lincoln on democracyLincoln president-elect : Abraham Lincoln and the great secession winter 1860-1861Why Lincoln matters : today more than everLincoln at Cooper Union : the speech that made Abraham Lincoln presidentIn Lincoln's hand : his original manuscriptsThe Lincoln anthology : great writers on his life and legacy from 1860 to nowThe Lincoln image : Abraham Lincoln and the popular printLincoln as I knew him : gossip, tributes, and revelations from his best friends and worst enemies