Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine, FBA, was Rhodes Professor of American History from 2002 to 2009 and President of Corpus Christi College from 2009 to 2016. He specializes in the era of the early Republic and Civil War. He has a particular interest in the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, and in the place of evangelical Protestantism in the United States' development during the nineteenth century.

In 2004 his analytical biography of Abraham Lincoln won the Lincoln Prize (awarded by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College for the best book on the Civil War era) and his latest book, Lincoln's Sense of Humor, was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s Annual Book Award, 2018. He is currently working on a study of religion in American national construction between the Revolution and the Civil War.

Selected publications

  • Lincoln’s Sense of Humor (Southern Illinois UP, 2017)
  • Lincoln (London, 2003), revised and expanded as Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power (New York: Alfred A, Knopf, 2006)
  • Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993)
  • Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicalism in Britain and America, 1795-1865 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1978; repr. 2006)
  • The Global Lincoln, ed. Richard Carwardine and Jay Sexton (Oxford University Press, New York, 2011)
  • 'Lincoln and Emancipation: The Lessons of the Letter to Horace Greeley' in Reconfiguring the Union: Civil War Transformations, ed. Iwan W. Morgan and Philip John Davies (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
  • '"A party man who did not believe in any man who was not": Lincoln, the Republican Party, and the Union' in W.J. Cooper and J. McCardell, eds, In the Cause of Liberty: How the Civil War Redefined American Ideals (Louisiana State University Press, 2009), 40-62
  • 'Lincoln, the Chicago Initiative, and the Emancipation Proclamation' in William Blair and Mark E. Neely, Jr., eds, The Emancipation Proclamation (University of North Carolina Press, 2009)
  • '"Wonderful Self-Reliance": Abraham Lincoln’s Leadership' in Studies in Leadership, ed. Gary McDowell and Al Goethels (Jepson Studies in Leadership Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • 'Lincoln's Religion' in Eric Foner, ed., Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World (Norton: New York, 2008), 223-48.
  • 'Methodists, Party Politics and the Coming of the Civil War' in Mark A. Noll and Luke E. Harlow, eds, Religion and American Politics: from the Colonial Period to the Present (Oxford University Press: New York, 2007), 169-200
  • 'Abraham Lincoln and the Fourth Estate: The White House and the Press during the American Civil War', The Stenton Lecture, University of Reading, November 2004 (University of Reading, 2005)
  • 'The Politics of Charles Hodge in Nineteenth-Century Context' in Charles Hodge Revisited: A Critical Appraisal of His Life and Work, ed. James Moorhead and John Stewart (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2002)
  • 'Trauma in Methodism: Property, Church Schism and Sectional Polarization in Antebellum America' in God and Mammon: Protestants, Money and the Market 1790-1860 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • 'Unity, pluralism and the spiritual market place: Denominational competition in the early American Republic' in Studies in Church History: Unity and disunity in the Church, ed. R.N. Swanson (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996)
  • '"Antinomians" and "Arminians": Methodists and the market revolution' in The Market Revolution in America: Social, political and religious expressions, 1800-1880, ed. Melvyn Stokes and Stephen Conway (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1996)

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