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New Book -- Lincoln in Alton
04-01-2021, 10:46 AM
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New Book -- Lincoln in Alton

Here's some information on the other Lincoln book I did in 2020, on his experiences, connections, and legacy in Alton, Illinois.

As you all know, Alton was the site of the seventh and final debate with Douglas.

Thanks, with regards,

Tom Emery

What Others Are Saying About

"Once again that indefatigable author, Tom Emery, has researched and produced a stunning story of Alton, Illinois, an old important river town which had so many connections with people of great prominence, including Abraham Lincoln. Readers will be amazed at some of the notables associated with that colorful place. Anyone interested in Lincoln cannot afford to ignore the new information in its pages."

--Dr. Wayne C. Temple

Former John Wingate Weeks Professor of History,

Lincoln Memorial University

Has been called "The Greatest Living Lincoln Scholar"



An easy-to-read, fact-filled new book that details Abraham Lincoln’s connections to Alton, Ill. has earned rave reviews from some of the top Lincoln scholars in the field.

Acclaimed researcher Tom Emery of Carlinville, Ill. has created Lincoln in Alton, a full-length study of Lincoln’s experiences in the Riverbend. Lincoln’s appearances in Alton, his professional and personal relationships, and the city’s importance in his political stardom will be covered in this 265-page, fully illustrated, documented work.

“I don’t think many people realize how important Alton was to Lincoln’s career,” said Emery. “It goes beyond the Lincoln-Douglas debate in Alton, or the duel that he almost fought near there. Lincoln had a number of friends in Alton, and he kept a close eye on the politics and progress of the city. There aren’t too many cities in Illinois that have more connections to Lincoln than Alton does.”

Lincoln played a key role in the economic development of Alton with his staunch support of railroads to the city, and he was involved in several fascinating legal cases in the area, including one with a New York actress who fell into an open cellar door on an Alton sidewalk. There are also many connections of Lincoln to Shurtleff College, a fixture in Upper Alton for decades.

Many have speculated that Lincoln was attracted to a young woman from Alton, which may have threatened his engagement to Mary Todd. Other topics include the Alton prison and the Lovejoy brothers.

While Lincoln had many highlights in Alton, he also had some lesser moments. Lincoln appointed a friend from Alton to a judicial post in Kansas, but the man was later impeached, one of only twenty individuals in American history to suffer that indignity. A near-duel near Alton also embarrassed Lincoln for the rest of his life.

Lincoln’s political and personal complexities are analyzed in detail in the work, which is the most in-depth study of Lincoln in the city of Alton that has ever been attempted.

Lincoln in Alton sells for $19.99 plus $1.25 tax and $3.76 postage ($25 total). Orders may be placed with PayPal (use the e-mail or by mail by sending your name, address, phone, and check or money order to History in Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626.

For more information, call 217-710-8392 or e-mail Bulk discounts are available.
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04-02-2021, 07:35 AM
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Sounds great. Thanks Tom!

Bill Nash
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