For the Union

About the Book 

Lincoln’s rarely seen biography has been reprinted in a new book titled For The Union by local author Malcolm Johnstone. For the Union follows the extraordinary story of how Quaker abolition, a hanging, a slave riot, and a small newspaper in West Chester set the stage to launch Lincoln’s quest for the presidency.

The building where this historic publication took place is currently owned and operated by the Community Foundation. Net proceeds from the deluxe edition of For the Union will go towards preserving and protecting this historic structure as a time-capsule into our past. 

The deluxe edition is hardback, full-color and includes bonus visual elements that the soft cover (to be release spring 2020) will not include. All books will be signed and numbered by the author.

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About the Author: Malcolm Johnstone

Malcolm Johnstone has been involved with downtown revitalization and historic preservation efforts for over 35 years. He was among the first to be Certified in Professional Downtown Management by the National Main Street Center. A regular speaker at local, regional, and national conferences, Malcolm enjoys sharing his knowledge of local history and downtown development.

Malcolm is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied classical guitar and composition. His passion for music has resulted in several guitar recordings and performances of his theatrical musicals.

Malcolm has authored numerous articles for the Main Line Today, County Lines Magazine, West Chester Fig, and WC Press, among others. He has also written a number of blog posts at on the rich history of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley.

Malcolm was recently featured in County Lines Magazine. Read the article here.

If you are interested in having Malcolm speak at your event or meeting, please contact

Book Reviews

“I finished reading Malcolm’s book today and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I thought he did an excellent job of organizing the material so that someone like me, who knew very little of the story before reading the book, could follow it easily.  I felt transported back into those times while I was reading.  I also really liked all of the illustrations.  I found the ambrotype of Lincoln to be haunting, one of the best images I have seen of him.  Lincoln’s personality comes through in the book.  I had never read the biography, and that was quite interesting.  It was such a pleasure to learn so much of the history of our area.”

– Denise Carr