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Books about Lincoln's Pre-Presidential Political Career

  • Angle, Paul M., ed. Created Equal? The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958.

  • Ayers, Carol Dark. Lincoln in Kansas: Partnership for Freedom. Manhattan, KS: Sunflower University Press, 2001.

  • Baringer, William E. A House Dividing: Lincoln as President Elect. Springfield: The Abraham Lincoln Association, 1945.

  • Baringer, William E. Lincoln's Rise to Power. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1937.

  • Beveridge, Albert J. Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858. 2 vols. Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1928.

  • Blumenthal, Sidney. A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I 1809-1849. Simon & Schuster, 2016.

  • Blumenthal, Sidney. Wrestling with his Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II 1849-1856. Simon & Schuster, 2018.

  • Boritt, Gabor, ed. The Lincoln Enigma. Oxford University Press, 2001.
    Author Interview

  • Davis, Rodney O. and Wilson, Douglas L., editors. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Center Edition. University of Illinois Press, 2008.

  • DeRose, Chris. Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America's Greatest President. Threshold Editions, 2013.

  • Dittenhoefer, Abram J. How We Elected Lincoln: Personal Recollections of Lincoln and Men of His Time. Kessinger Publishing, 2004 (reprint of 1916 edition).

  • Ecelbarger, Gary. The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to Win the 1860 Republican Nomination. Thomas Dunne Books, 2008.

  • Egerton, Douglas R. Year of Meteors: Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, and the Election that Brought on the Civil War. Bloomsbury Press, reprint edition 2013.

  • Emerson, Jason. Lincoln the Inventor. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2009.

  • Fehrenbacher, Don E. Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850's. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1962.

  • Fenster, Julie. The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and The Making of a Great President. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

  • Findley, Paul. A Lincoln: The Crucible of Congress. New York: Crown Publishers, 1979.

  • Foner, Eric. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. W.W. Norton & Co., 2010.

  • Freehling, William W. Becoming Lincoln. University of Virginia Press, 2018.

  • Freeman, Aileen S. Lincoln: The Northeastern Pennsylvania Connection. FOSI, Ltd., 2000.

  • Good, Timothy S. Lincoln for President. McFarland and Co., 2009.

  • Good, Timothy S. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Making of a President. McFarland and Co., 2007.

  • Guelzo, Allen. Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America. Simon & Schuster, 2008.

  • Harris, William C. Lincoln and Congress. Southern Illinois University Press, 2017.

  • Harris, William C. Lincoln's Rise to the Presidency. University Press of Kansas, 2007.

  • Heckman, Richard A. Lincoln vs. Douglas: The Great Debates Campaign. Washington, D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1967.

  • Holzer, Harold (editor). The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete, Unexpurgated Text. Harpercollins, 1993.

  • Holzer, Harold. Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861. Simon & Schuster, 2008.
    Book Review in JALA

  • Jaffa, Harry V. Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. University of Chicago Press, 1982.

  • Jaffa, Harry V. Crisis of the House Divided: 50th Anniversary Edition. University of Chicago Press, 2013.

  • Keller, Ron J. Lincoln in the Illinois Legislature. Southern Illinois University Press, 2019.

  • Krannawitter, Thomas L. Vindicating Lincoln: Defending the Policies of Our Greatest President. Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.

  • Lehrman, Lewis E. Lincoln at Peoria. Stackpole Books, 2008.

  • Luebke, Frederick C. Ethnic Voters and the Election of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 1971.

  • Miller, William Lee. Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography. Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.

  • Potter, David M. Lincoln and His Party in the Secession Crisis. Louisiana State University Press, 1995.

  • Riddle, Donald W. Congressman Abraham Lincoln. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1957.

  • Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, 2 vols. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1926.

  • Searcher, Victor. Lincoln's Journey to Greatness. Philadelphia and Toronto: The John C. Winston Company, 1960.

  • Simon, Paul. Lincoln's Preparation for Greatness: The Illinois Legislative Years. Urbana: University of Illinois Press reprint edition, 1990.

  • Sparks, Edwin E., ed. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858. Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1908.

  • Villard, Henry, ed. by Harold G. and Osward Garrison Villard. Lincoln on the Eve of '61. New York, 1941.

  • Wilson, Douglas L. Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln. Knopf, 1998.

  • Wilson, Douglas L. Lincoln Before Washington: New Perspectives on the Illinois Years. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997.

  • Winkle, Kenneth J. The Young Eagle: The Rise of Abraham Lincoln. Taylor Trade Publishing, 2001.

  • Zarefsky, David. Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate. University of Chicago Press, 1993.

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