A presumed mastery of American history without total understanding of the role that Mr. Lincoln played in giving us the country that we’ve inherited today is a superficial exercise.
Abrahamlincoln.org: The Abraham Lincoln Compendium Online combines research and resources on Abraham Lincoln from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and The Lincoln Institute. It is the product of many years of study and labor under the inspiration and guidance of Lewis E. Lehrman, co-founder of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
According to Mr. Lehrman, “you can argue that the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was an outgrowth of the story of Abraham Lincoln as lived through American history and as it is still living though American history.”
The Lincoln Institute, established through The Lehrman Institute, provided support and assistance to scholars and groups involved in the study of the life of America’s sixteenth president and the impact he had on the preservation of the Union, the emancipation of slaves, and the development of democratic principles that have found worldwide application.
The Lehrman Institute produced eight websites about Abraham Lincoln and the people with whom he lived and worked, which will soon be integrated on abrahamlincoln.org and maintained under the auspices of The Gilder Lehrman Institute.
The following websites are being reformatted and adapted to a new platform and will be linked to the Lincoln Compendium in the near future: Lincoln & Churchill, Mr. Lincoln’s White House, Mr. Lincoln and the Founders, Mr. Lincoln and Freedom, Mr. Lincoln and Friends, Mr. Lincoln and New York, Abraham Lincoln’s Classroom and Lincoln at Peoria.
Lewis E. Lehrman was presented the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2005 for his work in American history. He has written for The Finest Hour, the Washington Post, The Churchill Project – Hillsdale College, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, New York Sun, Harper’s, and the Lehrman Institute (www.abrahamlincoln.org). Lehrman has authored Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point (a history of Mr. Lincoln’s anti-slavery campaign from 1854 to 1865); Lincoln ‘by littles’ (collected essays about President Lincoln); and Money, Gold, and History (essays analyzing the modern history of money and its role in civilization) and the forthcoming Churchill, Roosevelt and Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft and Lincoln and Churchill: War Leaders.
Lehrman, with Richard Gilder and Professor Gabor Boritt, co-founded the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for the best work on the Lincoln era. Lehrman and Gilder also established the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, which awards the Frederick Douglass Prize. Together they developed the Gilder Lehrman Collection of original historical manuscripts and documents to teach American history, now owned by The Gilder Lehrman Institute, from primary sources.The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has developed a national program for teaching American history in high schools and colleges throughout the United States (www.gilderlehrman.org).
Lehrman received a BA from Yale and an MA in history from Harvard. He was a Carnegie Teaching Fellow in History at Yale and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in History at Harvard. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Babson College, Gettysburg College, Lincoln College, Marymount University, and Thomas Aquinas College.
Richard J. Behn was the Research Director of The Lincoln Institute and primary researcher for The Lincoln Institute websites.