Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New book traces Lincoln's life in photos

A landscape photographer and a Lincoln scholar have collaborated on a new book that weaves images and writing to trace Abraham Lincoln’s life story.

“Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way—The America Lincoln Knew” is a collection of images by Robert Shaw and writing by Michael Burlingame that aims to take readers on a visual journey that explores Lincoln’s life story.

The 276-page hardcover book, available at several locations in Springfield, required five years of research and hundreds of days of photography in 10 states and the District of Columbia, according to Shaw, who traveled more than 100,000 miles in taking the photographs that range from the Mississippi River to New Hampshire.

Burlingame is the author of “Abraham Lincoln: A Life, The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln,” and most recently “Lincoln and the Civil War.” He is the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The book was featured in an December 7, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

Read the article online