HAROLD HOLZER 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 serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001–2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. bio continues here...

Special Announcement:
On the 206th anniversary of Lincoln's Birthday, Harold Holzer has been awarded the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. He responded with a "heartfelt thanks to Gilder Lehrman Institute, Gettysburg College, and prize jury for this amazing Lincoln’s Birthday honor." Read more here.

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History in Five: Abraham Lincoln and the Press
Harold Holzer, the preeminent scholar and historian on Abraham Lincoln, discusses the president's complicated relationship with the media throughout his career.

Harold Holzer joins curator Dr. Kim Orcutt in this video overview of some of the notable sculpted depictions of wartime life and history by John Rogers (1829–1904). On view now through February 18, 2013 at the New-York Historical Society, John Rogers: American Stories is the first full retrospective of America’s most popular sculptor.

Upcoming Personal Appearances

February 12 • "Conversation with an Historian" gallery talk on Life Mask of Abraham Lincoln, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
February 12 • "Lincoln and the Press," Lincoln Dinner, Catholic Club, Norwalk, CT
February 13 • "Lincoln-Douglass Debate," with Norm Lewis & Stephen Lang, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
February 14 • "Lincoln and the Press," Newseum conversation with John Maynard, Washington, DC
February 15 • "Lincoln and the Power of the Press," National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
February 18 • "Great Battles of the Civil War: The Wilderness and Beyond," w/ Craig Symonds and James McPherson, New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
February 19 • "Cooper Union—How New York Made Lincoln President Through the Power of Words—with a Little Help from the Press," Morgan Library, New York, NY
February 21 • Q&A at Norman Rockwell Museum's Mort Kunstler Exhibition, Stockbridge, MA
February 24 • "Abraham Lincoln and the Press," Kansas City CWRT
February 25 • "Abraham Lincoln and the Press," St. Louis CWRT
February 26 • "Abraham Lincoln and the Press," The Roosevelt House, New York City, NY


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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 Civil War in 50 Objects
Harold Holzer

Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer sheds new light on the war by examining fifty objects from the New-York Historical Society’s acclaimed collection. A daguerreotype of an elderly, dignified ex-slave, whose unblinking stare still mesmerizes; a soldier’s footlocker still packed with its contents; Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox–the stories these objects tell are rich, poignant, sometimes painful, and always fascinating. They illuminate the conflict from all perspectives–Union and Confederate, military and civilian, black and white, male and female–and give readers a deeply human sense of the war.

1863: Lincoln’s Pivotal Year
Harold Holzer, editor

Only hours into the new year of 1863, Abraham Lincoln performed perhaps his most famous action as president by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Rather than remaining the highlight of the coming months, however, this monumental act marked only the beginning of the most pivotal year of Lincoln’s presidency and the most revolutionary twelve months of the entire Civil War. In recognition of the sesquicentennial of this tumultuous time, prominent Civil War scholars explore the events and personalities that dominated 1863 in this enlightening volume, providing a unique historical perspective on a critical period in American history.

Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America
Harold Holzer

A new book—and companion to the Steven Spielberg film—tracing how Abraham Lincoln came to view slavery... and came to end it. Steven Spielberg focused his movie Lincoln on the sixteenth president’s tumultuous final months in office, when he pursued a course of action to end the Civil War, reunite the country, and abolish slavery. Invited by the filmmakers to write a special Lincoln book as a companion to the film, Harold Holzer, the distinguished historian and a consultant on the movie, now gives us a fast-paced, exciting new book on Lincoln’s life and times, his evolving beliefs about slavery, and how he maneuvered to end it.