February 12 is President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. To commemorate we have put together a collection of libertarian history readings on Lincoln as a president and the American Civil War. Included in this collection are essays and interviews that were published here on Kosmos as well as other suggested reading from our History Program Officer Phillip Magness. In these writings you will find scholarship offering a classical liberal look at the Civil War, emancipation, slavery, the economics of the war, Abraham Lincoln as a president, and more.
For a good primer on the Civil War, make sure to read the Freeman issue from April 2011 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the war. Freeman April 2011: Civil War at 150
For more writing on Lincoln’s presidency and liberty, also make sure to check out Phil Magness’ site
where he has posted some articles he has written about his research on Lincoln and colonization.