In the English language, the number one person about whom books have been written is Jesus Christ.
Number two is Abraham Lincoln.
With The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation we felt reasonably satisfied that we could tell this story in something of an original form, as nonfiction “sequential art.” It was a much more daunting prospect to attempt to say anything original in the actual content. Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, the Civil War, slavery’s place in American history and politics… Thinkers and historians have contributed to such an inventory of invaluable work that “our poor power to add or detract” often seemed poor indeed.
This book is intended to creatively use Lincoln’s words to impart upon readers a pithy, holistic grasp of the underlying causes of the Civil War, how they shaped the calamitous years of 1861-1865, and have influenced American culture and politics ever since. If it succeeds in adding to the discussion in any substantive way, it is only because of the thoughtful and provocative works we were able to rely on while doing research.
That being said, what follows is a list of books and other resources that proved irreplaceable to us. They are all highly recommended. In addition we would like to personally thank those responsible for all of them.
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America, by Garry Wills
The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows, by Gabor Boritt
The Battle Cry of Freedom, by James M. McPherson
Lincoln’s Constitution, by Daniel A. Farber
Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men and A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner
Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage by Noah Andre Trudeau
West From Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War by Heather Cox Richardson
The Road to Disunion, volumes I and II, by William W. Freewheeling
Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign by Kent Masterson Brown
The Age of Lincoln by Orville Vernon Burton
Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Edward Steers Jr.
Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine by Jim Weeks
Online resources, many for image reference:
Professor David Blight’s The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877: An Open Course from Yale University (highly recommended: also available in audio and video form from iTunes University)