WorldCat Identities

Williams, Frank J.

Works: 97 works in 275 publications in 1 language and 17,149 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Conference papers and proceedings  Case studies  Guidebooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker
Classifications: E457.2, 973.7092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Frank J Williams
Most widely held works by Frank J Williams
The Mary Lincoln enigma : historians on America's most controversial First Lady by Frank J Williams( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Lincoln is a lightning rod for controversy. Stories reveal widely different interpretations, and it is impossible to write a definitive version of her life that will suit everyone. The thirteen engaging essays in this collection introduce Mary Lincoln's complex nature and show how she is viewed today. The authors' explanations of her personal and private image stem from a variety of backgrounds, and through these lenses -- history, theater, graphic arts, and psychiatry -- they present their latest research and assessments. Here they reveal the effects of familial culture and society on her life and give a broader assessment of Mary Lincoln as a woman, wife, and mother. Topics include Mary's childhood in Kentucky, the early years of her marriage to Abraham, Mary's love of travel and fashion, the presidential couple's political partnership, and Mary's relationship with her son Robert. The fascinating epilogue meditates on Mary Lincoln's universal appeal and her enigmatic personality, showcasing the dramatic differences in interpretations. With gripping prose and in-depth documentation, this anthology will capture the imagination of all readers. -- Book description taken from Amazon website
Lincoln lessons : reflections on America's greatest leader by Jean H Baker( )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Lincoln Lessons, seventeen of today's most respected academics, historians, lawyers, and politicians provide candid reflections on the importance of Abraham Lincoln in their intellectual lives. Their essays, gathered by editors Frank J. Williams and William D. Pederson, shed new light on this political icon's remarkable ability to lead and inspire two hundred years after his birth. Collected here are glimpses into Lincoln's unique ability to transform enemies into steadfast allies, his deeply ingrained sense of morality and intuitive understanding of humanity, his civil deification as the first assassinated American president, and his controversial suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War. The contributors also discuss Lincoln's influence on today's emerging democracies, his lasting impact on African American history, and his often-overlooked international legend -- his power to instigate change beyond the boundaries of his native nation. While some contributors provide a scholarly look at Lincoln and some take a more personal approach, all explore his formative influence in their lives. What emerges is the true history of his legacy in the form of first-person testaments from those whom he has touched deeply. Lincoln Lessons brings together some of the best voices of our time in a unique combination of memoir and history. This singular volume of original essays is a tribute to the enduring inspirational powers of an extraordinary man whose courage and leadership continue to change lives today."--Jacket
Judging Lincoln by Frank J Williams( )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln as hero by Frank J Williams( )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most Americans have considered, and still consider, Abraham Lincoln to be a heroic figure. From his humble beginnings to his leadership of a divided nation during the Civil War to his early efforts in abolishing slavery, Lincoln's legacy is one of deep personal and political courage. In this unique and concise retelling of many of the key moments and achievements of Lincoln's life and work, Frank J. Williams explores in detail what it means to be a hero and how Lincoln embodied the qualities Americans look for in their heroes. Lincoln as Hero shows how--whether it was as president, lawyer, or schoolboy--Lincoln extolled the foundational virtues of American society. Williams describes the character and leadership traits that define American heroism, including ideas and beliefs, willpower, pertinacity, the ability to communicate, and magnanimity. Using both celebrated episodes and lesser-known anecdotes from Lincoln's life and achievements, Williams presents a wide-ranging analysis of these traits as they were demonstrated in Lincoln's rise, starting with his self-education as a young man and moving on to his training and experience as a lawyer, his entry onto the political stage, and his burgeoning grasp of military tactics and leadership. Williams also examines in detail how Lincoln embodied heroism in standing against secession and fighting to preserve America's great democratic experiment. With a focused sense of justice and a great respect for the mandates of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Lincoln came to embrace freedom for the enslaved, and his Emancipation Proclamation led the way for the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery. Lincoln's legacy as a hero and secular saint was secured when his lifeended by assassination as the Civil War was drawing to a close Touching on Lincoln's humor and his quest for independence, justice, and equality, Williams outlines the path Lincoln took to becoming a great leader and an American hero, showing readers why his heroism is still relevant. True heroes, Williams argues, are successful not just by the standards of their own time but also through achievements that transcend their own eras and resonate throughout history--with their words and actions living on in our minds, if we are imaginative, and in our actions, if we are wise
The living Lincoln by Thomas A Horrocks( )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprised of papers delivered at a symposium sponsored by Harvard University's Houghton Library, the Lincoln Forum, the Lincoln Group of Boston, and the Massachusetts Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission in April of 2009
Abraham Lincoln, Esq. : the legal career of America's greatest president by Roger D Billings( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines Lincoln's law practice and the effect it had on his presidency and the country. Each chapter offers an expansive look at Lincoln's legal mind and covers diverse topics such as Lincoln's legal writing, ethics, the Constitution, and international law."--Publisher
The Lincoln assassination : crime and punishment, myth and memory by Harold Holzer( )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contributors are among the finest scholars who are studying Lincoln's assassination. All have earned well-deserved reputations for the quality of their research, their thoroughness, their originality, and their writing. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Thomas R. Turner, Edward Steers Jr., Michael W. Kauffman, Thomas P. Lowry, Richard E. Sloan, Elizabeth D. Leonard, and Richard Nelson Current. --Book Jacket
The Emancipation Proclamation : three views (social, political, iconographic) by Harold Holzer( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Emancipation Proclamation is the most important document of arguably the greatest president in U.S. history. Now, Edna Greene Medford, Frank J. Williams, and Harold Holzer?eminent experts in their fields?remember, analyze, and interpret the Emancipation Proclamation in three distinct respects: the influence of and impact upon African Americans; the legal, political, and military exigencies; and the role pictorial images played in establishing the document in public memory. The result is a carefully balanced yet provocative study that views the proclamation and its author from the perspective of fellow Republicans, antiwar Democrats, the press, the military, the enslaved, free blacks, and the antislavery white establishment, as well as the artists, publishers, sculptors, and their patrons who sought to enshrine Abraham Lincoln and his decree of freedom in iconography."--Publisher website (October 2006)
Lincoln's enduring legacy : perspectives from great thinkers, great leaders, and the American experiment by William D Pedersen( )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Coming on the heels of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, Lincoln's Enduring Legacy offers highly readable and accessible perspectives on Lincoln at 200 in terms of his impact on great leaders and thinkers and his place in American history. The book explores how Lincoln's words and deeds have influenced the pursuit of justice and freedom and the practice of democracy in the century and a half since he governed. Lincoln, as an abolitionist, the architect of Reconstruction, an avowed Unionist, a wordsmith and rhetorician, his age's foremost prophet for democracy, and America's greatest president remains an iconic image in American memory."--Publisher's description
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the transformation of the Supreme Court by Stephen K Shaw( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even Eleanor Roosevelt, according to one biographer of the former president, would "shake her head and say that she could not imagine what had led her husband to follow such a disastrous course" as his "court-packing" scheme of 1937. Comprising ten essays, the third volume to be derived from Louisiana State University's "FDR After 50 Years" conference of September 1995 explores that political debacle and other, more successful, efforts to influence the Supreme Court and U.S. law. Annotation ♭2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Exploring Lincoln : great historians reappraise our greatest president( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ubiquitous and enigmatic, the historical Lincoln, the literary Lincoln, even the cinematic Lincoln have all proved both fascinating and irresistible. Though some 16,000 books have been written about him, there is always more to say, new aspects of his life to consider, new facets of his persona to explore. Enlightening and entertaining, Exploring Lincoln offers a selection of sixteen papers presented at the Lincoln Forum symposia over the past three years. Shining new light on particular aspects of Lincoln and his tragically abbreviated presidency, Exploring Lincoln presents a compelling snapshot of current Lincoln scholarship and a fascinating window into understanding America's greatest president
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln : competing perspectives on two great presidencies by William D Pederson( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this fifth volume of the M.E. Sharpe Library of Franklin D. Roosevelt Studies, American scholars compare the leadership styles of FDR and Abraham Lincoln. Eleven contributions address such topics as the role of heroes and significant others in the lives of these presidents, the principles of democratic leadership, and how the Roosevelt legacy is taught in schools today. Pederson teaches American studies at Louisiana State U. and Williams is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Abraham Lincoln : sources and style of leadership by Frank J Williams( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This essay collection explores the sources, style, and quality of Lincoln's leadership. It places Lincoln's leadership in a historical context and within the political perspective of the influences on him and his impact on others. It also examines his leadership style in terms of the factors organization theorists consider essential for effectiveness. Challenging several popular schools of thought, the contributors show that both Lincoln's character and American democratic culture influenced his leadership style. Lincoln is presented as a principled leader who sought realistic solutions in extenuating circumstances. Building on the democratic principles of the nation's framers, his vision of equality was consistent with the views of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. The portrait that emerges is of an active-flexible president whose culture permitted a magnanimous and prudential political style. Lincoln's leadership encouraged the development of responsible democratic rule. The initial chapters of this book focus on the impact others had on Lincoln and how he transformed their ideas into his own political vision. The work then turns to Lincoln's political style during the Civil War and how he influenced others. The final chapter puts Lincoln's political style in the perspective of world leaders of his age
James Madison : philosopher, founder, and statesman( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Madison: Philosopher, founder, and statesman presents fresh scholarship on the nation's fourth president, who is often called both he father of the U.S. Constitution and the father of the Bill of Rights. These essays by historians and political scientists from the United States and abroad focus on six distinct aspects of Madison's life and work: his personality development as a statesman; his work at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and contributions to larger constitutional design; his advocacy for the adoption of the Bill of Rights; his controversial role as a party leader; his presidency; and his life after leaving office. James Madison continues to be regarded as one of America's great political theorists, a man who devoted his life to, and who found fulfillment in, public service. HIs philosophical contributions remain vital to any understanding of the modern American polity. This book will be of great interest to political scientists and theorists, as well as to historians of early American history and politics
The Lincoln assassination riddle : revisiting the crime of the nineteenth century by Frank J Williams( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chapter Fifteen: What Goes Around Comes Around: Americans Interpret the Lincoln Assassination -- Contributors -- Index
Unknown justices of the United States Supreme Court by William D Bader( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Profile[s] some of the more obscure, indeed, 'unknown, ' justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. [Bader and Williams] examine their contemporary import to the Court and the legal culture, and try to elucidate the various reasons for their subsequent obscurity"--Introduction, p. xi
Modern business statistics by John E Freund( Book )

40 editions published between 1958 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Lincoln, contemporary : an American legacy : a collection of essays( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics include Lincoln's impact on Rutherford Hayes, FDR, and Gerald Ford; Lincoln's relations with the Supreme Court; his assumption of extraordinary powers; his quarrelsome yet capable cabinet; and the premonitions that haunted him until his death
Lincoln on democracy by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

2 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In addition, each section title page displays a photograph of Lincoln from the period covered in that section, with a paragraph describing the source and the occasion for which the photograph was made. The editors have also written a new preface that offers a fresh assessment of the impact of Lincoln's classic statements."--BOOK JACKET
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.13 (from 0.02 for The living ... to 0.89 for Scientific ...)

Lincoln's enduring legacy : perspectives from great thinkers, great leaders, and the American experiment
Judging LincolnThe living LincolnAbraham Lincoln, Esq. : the legal career of America's greatest presidentThe Lincoln assassination : crime and punishment, myth and memoryThe Emancipation Proclamation : three views (social, political, iconographic)Lincoln's enduring legacy : perspectives from great thinkers, great leaders, and the American experimentFranklin D. Roosevelt and the transformation of the Supreme CourtFranklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln : competing perspectives on two great presidencies
Alternative Names
Frank J. Williams Amerikaans advocaat

Frank J. Williams amerikansk advokat

Williams, Frank J. 1940-

فرانك وليامز

فرانک جی. ویلیامز وکیل آمریکایی

English (180)