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Wilson, Douglas L. (Douglas Lawson) 1935-

Works: 75 works in 160 publications in 1 language and 9,327 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Drama  Biographical films  Historical films  Documentary television programs  Catalogs  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Records and correspondence  Archives 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: PN1997.2, 973.7092
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Most widely held works by Douglas L Wilson
Honor's voice : the transformation of Abraham Lincoln by Douglas L Wilson( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines certain aspects of the life of Abraham Lincoln in the years between 1831 and 1842, presenting him as a stubborn youth, partial to off-color jokes, and prone to depression; and traces the process by which he rose from unskilled laborer to a position of prominence in the Illinois legislature
Lincoln's sword : the presidency and the power of words by Douglas L Wilson( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Lincoln now occupies an unparalleled place in American history, but when he was first elected president, literary ability was the last thing the public expected from the folksy, self-educated "rail-splitter." Yet the forceful qualities of Lincoln's writing eventually surprised his supporters and confounded his many critics. In this study, Lincoln scholar Wilson tells how Lincoln developed his writing skills, how they served him for a time as a hidden presidential asset, how it gradually became clear that he possessed a formidable literary talent, and how writing came to play an increasingly important role in his presidency. "By the time he came to write the Second Inaugural Address ..., he was quite consciously in the business of interpreting the war and its deeper meaning, not just for his contemporaries but for what he elsewhere called the 'vast future.' "--Publisher description
The genteel tradition; nine essays by George Santayana( Book )

15 editions published between 1967 and 1998 in English and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"George Santayana probably did more than anyone except Alexis de Tocqueville to shape the critical view of American culture. The great philosopher and writer coined the phrase "genteel tradition," introducing it during an address to a California audience in 1912. The phrase caught fire, giving a name to the culture of the republic." "Santayana's address appears in this collection of influential essays about the country he lived in from 1872 to 1911. Because he remained European in spirit, the Spaniard brought a sharp detachment to his observations. He points out the American split between thought and action, theory and practice, the traditional and the modern, the arts and business, the highbrow and the popular. He also examines the excessive moralism in national life, which baffles Europeans. These nine essays touch on American idealism and materialism and American endeavor, sacred and profane."--Jacket
Thomas Jefferson's library : a catalog with the entries in his own order by Thomas Jefferson( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jefferson's literary commonplace book by Thomas Jefferson( Book )

10 editions published between 1983 and 1989 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work is a new edition of Thomas Jefferson's literary commonplace book, a notebook of his literary and philosophical reading. Unlike the only previous edition, published in 1928, it contains full annotation, pertinent information on the authors and works commonplaced, and a rationale for dating the entries. Thus it is now possible to show that most of the four hundred seven passages were entered when Jefferson was a young man, between the ages of fifteen and thirty. As such, they reflect the range of his literary interests from his school days to about the time of his marriage and involvement in politics. As one of the few surviving documents from Jefferson's early years, this notebook assumes special importance as a source of insight into the least known period of his life. In the introduction the editor presents reasons for thinking that the commonplace book was more to Jefferson than a literary sampler and was in some respects a deeply personal notebook with direct connections to the emotional events and preoccupations of his formative years. In addition to the text and annotation, the book contains a register of authors and an illustrated essay on Jefferson's handwriting that provides the rationale for assigning approximate dates to the entries of the commonplace book."--Publisher's description
Herndon's informants : letters, interviews, and statements about Abraham Lincoln( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publication of this long-awaited volume makes available for the first time in complete and accessible form the most important source of information on Lincoln's early life. For twenty-five years after the president's death William Herndon, his law partner, conducted interviews with and solicited letters from dozens of persons who knew Lincoln personally. Up to now, the valuable information he collected has been available only in a microfilm edition in the Library of Congress, of such poor quality that it has been rarely used, particularly since there was no table of contents or adequate index, and in collections at the Huntington Library and the Illinois State Historical Library. The only previous publication of Herndon's materials, more than a half century ago, contains less than 10 percent of the collection and is so unreliable that scholars have hesitated to use it. Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis have earned the gratitude and admiration of scholars by taking on the daunting task of collating the collections in the three libraries, painstakingly deciphering the all but illegible handwriting of Herndon and some of his informants, and carefully documenting the entire work
Lincoln before Washington : new perspectives on the Illinois years by Douglas L Wilson( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The provocative selections in this book address topics as disparate as William H. Herndon's informants, Lincoln's favorite poem, his mysterious broken engagement, the text of his debates with Douglas, and a previously unknown assault on Peter Cartwright. Although Abraham Lincoln's early years have come to be regarded as the wrong end of his life, Douglas L. Wilson's original and pathbreaking work makes the case that his prepresidential years offer bright prospects for investigation. Collectively, these essays challenge the general view of Lincoln scholars that William H. Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, is an unreliable source. They also provide a fresh look at some of the affinities between Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson."--Jacket
Jefferson abroad by Thomas Jefferson( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of letters written by Jefferson to friends and family during his five years as ambassador in Paris
The Lincoln-Douglas debates : the first complete, unexpurgated text by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas are undoubtedly the most celebrated in American history, they may also be the most consequential as well. For the issues so fiercely debated in 1858 were about various interrelated aspects of one momentous, nation-threatening issue: slavery. The contest between Lincoln and Douglas became a testing ground for the viability of conflicting ideals in a nation deeply divided. One of the most colorful and engaging episodes in American history, this series of debates is of enduring interest as an illuminating instance of the ever-recurring dilemma of self-government: what happens when the guiding principle of democracy, "popular sovereignty," confronts a principled stand against a "moral, social, and political evil"? The tragic answer in this case came three years later: civil war
Great Lincoln documents : historians present treasures from the Gilder Lehrman Collection( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores subjects important to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. It includes a scholarly introduction and a selection of important documents, each with a transcript and brief commentary to place it in historical context."--Publisher's website
Herndon on Lincoln by William Henry Herndon( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, William H. Herndon began work on a brief, "subjective" biography of his former law partner, but his research turned up such unexpected and often startling information that it became a lifelong obsession. The biography finally published in 1889, Herndon's Lincoln, was a collaboration with Jesse W. Weik in which Herndon provided the materials and Weik did almost all the writing. For this reason, and because so much of what Herndon had to say about Lincoln was not included in the biography, David Donald has observed, "To understand Herndon's own rather peculiar approach to Lincoln biography, one must go back to his letters." An exhaustive collection of what Herndon was told by others about Lincoln was published by Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis in Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln . In this new volume, Wilson and Davis have produced a comprehensive edition of what Herndon himself wrote about Lincoln in his own letters. Because of Herndon's close association with Lincoln, his intimate acquaintance with his partner's legal and political careers, and because he sought out informants who knew Lincoln and preserved information that might otherwise have been lost, his letters have become an indispensable resource for Lincoln biography. Unfiltered by a collaborator and rendered in Herndon's own distinctive voice, these letters constitute a matchless trove of primary source material. Herndon on Lincoln: Letters is a must for libraries, research institutions, and students of a towering American figure and his times
Jefferson's books by Douglas L Wilson( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Honor's voice by Douglas L Wilson( Recording )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the years 1831 to 1842, we see Lincoln as a boy, not the dutiful son studying by firelight, but the stubborn rebel determined to make something of himself
The literary Lincoln, a talk by Douglas L Wilson( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln by Steven Spielberg( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come
Abraham Lincoln : people, places, politics : history in a box by Abraham Lincoln( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This DVD includes eight lectures by leading scholars on Abraham Lincoln and is part of the kit entitled "Abraham Lincoln : people, places, politics : history in a box."
In his own words : Thomas Jefferson on politics & principles by Thomas Jefferson( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Jefferson and his decimals 1775-1810 : neglected years in the history of U.S. school mathematics by M. A Clements( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synthesizing four centuries of historical data, this study analyzes the long-term consequences of America's unique refusal to adopt the metric system, with generations of schoolchildren toiling over the complexities of 'Imperial' weights and measures
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Honor's voice : the transformation of Abraham Lincoln
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Douglas L. Wilson American historian

Wilson, Douglas

Wilson, Douglas Lawson, 1935-

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Lincoln's sword : the presidency and the power of wordsThe genteel tradition; nine essaysThomas Jefferson's library : a catalog with the entries in his own orderHerndon's informants : letters, interviews, and statements about Abraham LincolnLincoln before Washington : new perspectives on the Illinois yearsJefferson abroadThe Lincoln-Douglas debates : the first complete, unexpurgated textJefferson's booksHonor's voice