Happy Birthday Abe!

Posted on February 8, 2016

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th! He was the 16th President of the United States, holding office during the Civil War, and proved to be one of the great figures in American history.

Did you know…

  • Lincoln lost five separate elections before being elected president.
  • Lincoln proclaimed all persons held as slaves in states of the rebellion “forever free.”
  • Abraham Lincoln is the only president in American history to hold a patent.

Let’s take a trip back in time to the years of his presidency. We’ve highlighted a few titles that can be found on Gale’s eBook platform, GVRL, to help you get started.

Abraham Lincoln, 1st Edition
April 2014
It may be little exaggeration to say that the figure of Abraham Lincoln embodies the American ideal more so than any other U.S. president. Although he came from humble beginnings and held several odd jobs before launching his career in politics, Lincoln’s determination and natural abilities brought him to the White House, where he led the struggle to preserve the union and emancipate the country’s slaves. Lincoln’s remarkable life—from his childhood to his role as Commander in Chief during the Civil War to his tragic death—is chronicled in this captivating volume.

Civil War, 1st Edition
December 2014
War has solved conflicts and shaped US policies. It has influenced the nation’s culture, redefined its place in the world, and taken thousands of lives. Essential Library of American Wars chronicles these struggles and their causes. Readers can examine key battles and meet heroic leaders that changed the course of each war.

Biographies of the Civil War and Reconstruction: Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and More, 1st Edition
April 2014
Nowhere can intricacies of the ideological, regional, and economic tensions that erupted into the American Civil War be better seen than in the individual actors who fought both on and off the battlefields and on either side for what they believed. This penetrating volume profiles many of the soldiers, generals, political leaders, and social activists who left indelible marks on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, thereby altering the entire course of American history.

American Eras: Primary Sources: Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1878), 1st Edition
April 2013
Organized by thematic chapters, this book is a student-friendly reference that’s patterned after Gale’s award-winning American Decades: Primary Sources series. This volume represents a diversity of views that provide insight into the seminal issues, themes, movements, and events of the Reform era and the urbanization and economic growth of the eastern United States.

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