This online exhibition is narrated by James G. Basker, the president of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It explores Lincoln’s legacy through letters and speeches written in his own hand.
These excerpts were chosen from more than 215 selections by 158 authors in the anthology.
Edward L. Ayers is Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia where he is also the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History. Here he looks at the Civil War’s impact on the lives of people in two communities divided by the Mason-Dixon line, based on his book In the Presence of Mine Enemies, which was awarded the 2004 Bancroft Prize.