An Evening with Stephen Berry
By Alison Mitchell
On Thursday, November 13th President Lincoln’s Cottage welcomed Stephen Berry, author of House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War, for their third lecture this year. Berry explained the intimate connection between Lincoln and the Todds, a connection that was stronger than he and his own family during the Civil War. Although Lincoln formed a close relationship with the family, the Todds were also the cause of much pain and added stress during the war.
Taken as a clan, then, the Todds were not always very nice. They could be pampered and prideful…quick-tempered and vain. They made grudges easily, and they held them long. – Stephen Berry, House of Abraham
Berry’s lecture, like his book, helped to shed some light on the inner workings of this tumultuous family. House of Abrahamreveals a very personal, human side to Lincoln and the family man and husband that he was by examining his relationship with the Todds and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.