Commemorating the anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment

This December we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. After Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia ratified the amendment in the first week of December, William H. Seward proclaimed its adoption on December 18, 1865.

Christian G. Samito’s new book Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment examines how Lincoln’s opposition to amending the U.S. Constitution shaped his political views before he became president, and how constitutional arguments overcame Lincoln’s objections, turning him into a supporter of the Thirteenth Amendment by 1864. You can read Samito’s introduction here (click to enlarge):

Samito introduction

Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment is available at If you order between now and December 20, use promo code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to receive 40% off the list price.

Authors in Motion

We’re always happy to see our authors in action. Doubly so when we can share it with everyone. Here are just a few recent appearances our authors made.

Poets TJ Jarrett and Dan Albergotti attended the Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival, sponsored by Grassroots, SIUC’s undergraduate literary magazine. Watch the poets read from their books Zion and Millennial Teeth, respectively.


Many of the authors of our Lincoln books have the pleasure of being invited to participate in virtual book signings, held by the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago.

Joseph Fornieri talks about Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman

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Gary Phillip Zola talks about We Called Him Rabbi Abraham, and Thomas A. Horrocks talks about Lincoln’s Campaign Biographies.

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Author Clara Orban visited the Chicago Tonight studios to talk about her new book, Illinois Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide.

Jeff Biggers, author of Reckoning at Eagle Creek makes frequent TV appearances. Here he is on a recent episode of All In with Chris Hayes.