Michael Burlingame
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Michael Burlingame

Michael Burlingame, whose website is www.michaelburlingame.com, is the holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

He was born in Washington DC and attended Phillips Academy, Andover. As a freshman at Princeton University, he took the Civil War course taught by the eminent Lincolnian David Herbert Donald, who hired him a research assistant. When Professor Donald moved on to Johns Hopkins University, Burlingame upon graduation from Princeton followed him to that institution. There he received his Ph.D.

In 1968 he joined the History Department at Connecticut College in New London, where he taught until retiring in 2001 as the May Buckley Sadowski Professor of History Emeritus. He joined the faculty of the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2009.

He currently lives in Springfield, where he is working on several Lincoln-related projects.

He is an avid fan of opera and hockey.

Professor Burlingame is the author of "Abraham Lincoln: A Life" (2 vols.; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and "The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln" (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994).

In addition, he has edited several volumes of Lincoln primary source materials:

An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolay's Interviews and Essays (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996)

Inside Lincoln's White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997) - co-edited with John R. Turner Ettlinger

Lincoln Observed: Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998)

Lincoln's Journalist: John Hay's Anonymous Writings for the Press, 1860-1864 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1998)

An expanded edition of A Reporter's Lincoln by Walter B. Stevens (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998)

With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000)

At Lincoln's Side: John Hay's Civil War Correspondence and Selected Writings (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000)

Inside the White House in War Times: Memoirs and Reports of Lincoln's Secretary by William O. Stoddard (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000)

Dispatches from Lincoln's White House: The Anonymous Civil War Journalism of Presidential Secretary William O. Stoddard (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002)

An expanded edition of The Real Lincoln: A Portrait, by Jesse W. Weik (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002)

"Lincoln's Humor" and Other Essays by Benjamin P. Thomas (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002);

Abraham Lincoln: The Observations of John G. Nicolay and John Hay (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2007).

He has received the Abraham Lincoln Association Book Prize (1996), the Lincoln Diploma of Honor from Lincoln Memorial University (1998), Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize, Gettsyburg College (2001), and was inducted into the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 2009.

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    • Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume One

    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 49 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the first multivolume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America's greatest presidents....

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    • Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume Two

    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 53 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's presidency and the trials of the Civil War. He supplies fascinating details on the crisis over Fort Sumter....

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    • Abraham Lincoln

    • A Life 1837-1842: A Righteous Lawyer Deals With an Unhappy Marriage
    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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    • Abraham Lincoln

    • A Life 1809-1837: Lincoln's Frontier Background Shapes the Future President
    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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    In Chapter 1, we are introduced to Lincoln's lineage and the history of his grandparents, his parents and the various locations in which they settled....

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    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 07-16-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 29 ratings

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    • Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1861-1862

    • The Fort Sumter Crisis, The Hundred Days, The Phony War, The Lincoln Family in the Executive Mansion
    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
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    Lincoln struggles with William Seward's thirst for power while the Fort Sumter question comes to the forefront of the nation's politics....

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    • Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1862

    • From the Slough of Despond to the Gates of Richmond, Playing the Last Trump Card, The Soft War Turns Hard, The Emancipation Proclamation
    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The president begins to supervise the army and take charge of his administration....

    • From the Slough of Despond to the Gates of Richmond, Playing the Last Trump Card, The Soft War Turns Hard, The Emancipation Proclamation
    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 12-05-12
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    • Lincoln and the Civil War

    • Concise Lincoln Library
    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Charles Bice
    • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Lincoln and the Civil War, Michael Burlingame explores the experiences and qualities that made Abraham Lincoln one of America's most revered leaders....

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    • Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1863-1864

    • From the Mud March to Gettysburg; Victory at the Polls and in the Field; Reconstruction and Re-Nomination
    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dissatisfaction with the Emancipation Proclamation and lack of military victory heightens the discontent with the administration....

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    • Abraham Lincoln: A Life 1860-1861

    • An Election Victory, Threats of Secession, and Appointing a Cabinet
    • By: Michael Burlingame
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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    Burlingame's Lincoln comes alive as the author unfolds vast amounts of new research while breathing new life into familiar stories.....

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    • By Adam on 10-12-12

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