Civil War Chatroom Book Chat
This is a  Civil War book discussion that was scheduled and held in the Civil War Home Chatroom.  What you see is the chat between the members as it occurred.  Each session consisted of discussing 2 or 3 chapters of the selected book and lasted about 1-1 1/2 hours.

Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America
Andrew Ferguson

Abraham Lincoln was our greatest president and perhaps the most influential American who ever lived. But what is his place in our country today? In Land of Lincoln, Andrew Ferguson packs his bags and embarks on a journey to the heart of contemporary Lincoln Nation, where he encounters a world as funny as it is poignant, and a population as devoted as it is colorful. In small-town Indiana, Ferguson drops in on the national conference of Lincoln presenters, 175 grown men who make their living (sort of) by impersonating their hero. He meets the premier collectors of Lincoln memorabilia, prized items of which include Lincolnís chamber pot, locks of his hair, and pages from a boyhood schoolbook. He takes his wife and children on a trip across the long-defunct Lincoln Heritage Trail, a driving tour of landmarks from Lincolnís life. This book is an entertaining, unexpected, and big-hearted celebration of Lincolnís enduring influence on our country--and the people who help keep his spirit alive.

Table of Contents

1. When Lincoln came back to Richmond
(Chat for Chapters 1 & 2)

3. The Past Isn't What It Used to Be.
(Chat for Chapters 3, & 4)

5. The Magic of Stuff
(Chat for Chapters 5 & 6)

7. Abe Lincoln and the Secret of Success
(Chat for Chapters 7 & 8)

9. A Whole Lotta Lincoln
(Chat for Chapters 9 &10)

2. Billy Herndon and the Inner Mr. L.

4. The Kingmaker's Wife, The Emotional Engineer, and the
    Triumph of Fun

6. A Sea of Lincolns

8. Hot On the Trail

10. In Defense of the Icon