HAROLD HOLZER, winner of The 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize, 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 served for six years (2010–2016) as Chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. For the previous 10 years he co-chaired the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), appointed by President Clinton. President Bush awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. And in 2013, Holzer wrote an essay on Lincoln for the official program at the re-inauguration of President Obama. He is now co-chairman of The Lincoln Forum. bio continues here...


Special Announcement:
Harold Holzer's latest book, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French, is now available. It is the first full-length, lavishly illustrated biography of the sculptor of the statue at the Lincoln Memorial.

Harold delivers the annual oration at the Gettysburg National Soldiers' Cemetery on November 19, 2017—to mark the 154th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Photo: Henry Ballone.

Harold addressing the January 24, 2016 HistoryMiami symposium on "Abraham Lincoln and Immigration."

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Upcoming Personal Appearances

2019
April 22 • Speaking on new book, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French, Lincoln Group of New York (for more information email pegsox24@gmail.com)
April 29 • Speaking on Daniel Chester French at Chapin Library, Williams College (for more information email whammond@williams.edu)
April 30 • Speaking on Daniel Chester French for Vermont Humanities Council at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT, 7 PM (for more information email awhite@vermonthumanities.org)
May 1 • Speaking on Lincoln's Second Inaugural; Address at Congregational Church, 3624 Main Street, Manchester, VT, 7 PM (for more information email awhite@vermonthumanities.org)
May 3 • Conversation with Brian Lamb, Susan Swain, and Amity Shlaes on the new C-SPAN book, The Presidents, Roosevelt House, NYC, 6 PM
May 26 • The annual Ian Rolland Lecture (a conversation with Craig Symonds on Lincoln and FDR: Lessons in Leadership), for the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Fort Wayne, IN, 7 PM (for more information email ebreen@indy.rr.com)
June 12 • Speaking on Daniel Chester French at the Soldiers' Home, Washington
June 15 • Speaking on Daniel Chester French at the National Sculpture Society, NYC (www.nationalsculpture.org)
August 8 • Conversation on Daniel Chester French with Thayer Tolles of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The Mount," Lenox, MA
Sept. 14 • Speaking on Daniel Chester French at annual Albany Book Fair
Oct. 25 • Illinois Tercentenary event, Quincy, IL
Nov. 16–18 • Annual Lincoln Forum, Gettysburg, PA (www.thelincolnforum.org)

 

 
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Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French
Harold Holzer

The artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts, Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) is America's best-known sculptor of public monuments. Monument Man is the first comprehensive biography of this fascinating figure and his illustrious career. Full of rich detail and beautiful archival photographs, Monument Man is a nuanced study of a preeminent artist whose evolution ran parallel to, and deeply influenced, the development of American sculpture, iconography, and historical memory.

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.

The Annotated Lincoln
Edited by Harold Holzer and Thomas A. Horrocks

No American president before or since has faced the problems that confronted Abraham Lincoln when he took office in 1861. Nor has any president expressed himself with such eloquence on issues of great moment. Lincoln's writings reveal the depth of his thought and feeling and the sincerity of his convictions as he weighed the cost of freedom and preserving the Union. Now for the first time an annotated edition of Lincoln's essential writings examines the extraordinary man who produced them and explains the context in which they were composed.

A Just and Generous Nation: Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for American Opportunity
Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle

In A Just and Generous Nation, the eminent historian Harold Holzer and the noted economist Norton Garfinkle present a groundbreaking new account of the beliefs that inspired our sixteenth president to go to war when the Southern states seceded from the Union. Rather than a commitment to eradicating slavery or a defense of the Union, they argue, Lincoln's guiding principle was the defense of equal economic opportunity.

Read reviews in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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.