Talking Lincoln in Civil War History

civil war historyToday I arrived home to find the new issue of Civil War History (September 2013). This most recent issue includes a roundtable discussion that I participated in about Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Participants included Catherine Clinton, Allen Guelzo John Neff, Megan Kate Nelson, and Matthew Pinsker. We discussed a range of issues from how well the movie stacks up to recent scholarship to how it might be used in the classroom. Thanks to book-review editor, Brian Craig Miller for inviting me to participate. This is my first time appearing in the pages of CWH apart from a couple of book reviews I wrote a few years ago. It’s a huge honor for me to be included among such a stellar group of scholars.

The last roundtable was eventually made available for free online and I suspect this one will eventually be be posted as well. Of course, I will pass it along at that point.

Postscript: Welcome historian Timothy Orr to the blogosphere. Tim is a dynamite historian, who teaches at Old Dominion University. You can find his blog at Tales From the Army of the Potomac.

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7 comments… add one
  • TF Smith Aug 22, 2013 @ 19:18

    Actually, I meant Oakes’ (thanks for the correction) book, not the film.


  • TF Smith Aug 21, 2013 @ 19:44

    Saw the “Lincoln” exhibit at one of the presidential libraries this summer; I thought it did a reasonable job of interpreting the man and his times.

    I picked up Oates’ one volume biography and Holzer’s juvenile bio tied to the film; thought they both did a solid job, but wondered if you have had a chance to read either, especially given the age groups you teach.


    • Kevin Levin Aug 22, 2013 @ 1:32

      I read Oakes’s book.

      • TF Smith Aug 22, 2013 @ 6:46

        And your thoughts?

        • Kevin Levin Aug 22, 2013 @ 8:04

          I recommend going back through to the archives and checking out the posts I wrote about Lincoln roughly at the time of its release. That pretty much captures the scope of my comments in the CWH round table.

  • Patrick Young Aug 21, 2013 @ 15:03

    I hope to read it. Unfortunately my library seems to have ended its subscription last year.

  • M.D. Blough Aug 21, 2013 @ 14:56

    That is great, Kevin! Congratulations!

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