Welcome to www.jasonemerson.com -- information about Jason's historical research and writing projects, which focus on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and his family.
Jason has two books coming out in 2018: Lincoln's Lover: Mary Lincoln in Poetry (Kent State University Press) on January 15 and Mary Lincoln for the Ages (Southern Illinois University Press) in August/September.
Giant in the Shadows is the definitive biography of the Lincolns' oldest son, a great man in his own right who has been ignored, misunderstood and often maligned by historians and history. It is the first book on Robert published in more than 40 years. It was named Book of the Year by the Illinois State Historical Society in 2013.
Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case: A Documentary History is a compilation of every primary source on the subject, including 138 letters by participants, 46 contemporary newspaper articles and editorials, 6 legal documents, the Bellevue Place Sanitarium daily patient progress report during Mary Lincoln's incarceration, as well as multiple reminiscences, interviews, and diaries of people who knew Mary Lincoln or were involved in the case, including one recollection by a member of the 1875 insanity trial jury.
Jason's latest article features a poem written about Mary Lincoln that has not been seen since its original 1862 publication: "As Willie Lay Dying, Mary Lincoln Gets Pilloried in a Poem," For the People: A Newsletter of the Abraham Lincoln Association 17, no. 2 (Summer 2015): 7-9.
NEWS Jason contributed an essay to the fantastic book, Gettysburg Replies: The World Responds to Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Check it out on amazon.com. NEWS Jason contributed an essay to the fascinating book, Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Check it out on amazon.com.
Jason has contributed a chapter (examining the relationship between Mary and Robert Lincoln) to The Mary Lincoln Enigma, a book of essays on Mary Lincoln, edited by Frank Williams and Michael Burkhimer, and published in 2012 by Southern Illinois University Press. Available from both SIU Press and amazon.com.
Watch Jason talk about his book The Madness of Mary Lincoln on Book TV, or see him in The History Channeldocumentary Stealing Lincoln's Body.
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Jason Emerson is an independent historian and journalist living near Syracuse, NY. He is currently the editor of the Cazenovia Republican newspaper.
He is the author or editor of multiple books about Abraham Lincoln and his family, has published numerous articles and book reviews in both scholarly and popular publications, and appeared on Book TV, American History TV and The History Channel.
He has worked as a National Park Service park ranger at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Arch) in St. Louis; a costumed interpreter at the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford, NY, a professional journalist, and a freelance writer.