Almost 150 years after the death of Abraham Lincoln, the fascination with the 16th president is as strong as ever. Award-winning author Harold Holzer’s “Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America: A Companion Book for Young Readers to the Steven Spielberg Film” (Newmarket for It Books, $16.99) traces how Lincoln came to view slavery and to end it.
Invited by the filmmakers to write a special Lincoln book as an accompaniment to the film, Holzer (a distinguished historian and consultant on the movie), explores Lincoln’s life and times, his evolving personal and political beliefs about slavery — and his genius that led to his ending the Civil War, reuniting the country and ensuring passage of the 13th Amendment that ended slavery.
When the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by Congress on Jan. 31, 1865 — less than three months before he was assassinated — it was the crowning achievement of Lincoln’s life, and the undisputed testament to his political genius. Drawing from letters, speeches, memoirs, and documents by Lincoln and others, Holzer masterfully and dramatically recreates Lincoln’s life story as he came to recognize that slavery was “morally wrong” and needed to be legally abolished.
The book makes history come alive for readers of all ages, and includes 30 historical photographs, a chronology, a historical cast of characters, texts of selected Lincoln writings, a bibliography and notes.