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The Soul of Abraham Lincolnby Barton, William E.
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Retail Price: $21.95
Issue: Spring 2006
A former Congregational minister, author William E. Barton has focused his religious expertise on a man whom some scholars have regarded as being less than spiritual. While Abraham Lincoln seldom advertised his faith, he was a deeply religious man whose beliefs evolved over the course of a lifetime. Barton explores Lincoln's writings and speeches, as well as the testimony of those closest to him, to illustrate why many contemporaries referred to the war-time president as Father Abraham.