Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine is a professor emeritus of history and a former president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. Elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2006, he is the author of Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicalism in Britain and America 1790-1865 (1978) and Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America (1993). His analytical political biography of Abraham Lincoln won the Lincoln Prize in 2004; the American edition was subsequently published as Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power (2006). He is a coeditor, with Jay Sexton, of The Global Lincoln (2011), a collective investigation of Lincoln's international reach and legacy, and the author of Lincoln's Sense of Humor (2017), which won the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Prize.  He was made CMG in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2019 for services to American History in the UK and US.

His next book is Righteous Strife: The Religious Nationalisms of Lincoln’s Union (Knopf, 2024), the first major account of the American Civil War to give full weight to the central political role played by religion, reframing the conflict through Abraham Lincoln’s sustained and contentious appeals to faith-based nationalism.

OAH Lectures by Richard Carwardine

Lincoln was a global figure and influence, even in his own lifetime. This lecture examines the nature and limits of his appeal.

For Lincoln, humor was a serious business. This lecture explains why.


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