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First among equals : Abraham Lincoln's reputation during his administration

Author: Hans L Trefousse
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"One hundred and forty years after his assassination on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln towers more than ever above the landscape of American politics. In myth and memory, he is always the Great Emancipator and savior of the Union, second in stature only to George Washington. But was Lincoln always so exalted? Was he, as some historians argue, in reality a poor chief executive who was deeply disliked? Was Lincoln's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hans L Trefousse
ISBN: 0823224686 9780823224685 9780823224692 0823224694
OCLC Number: 57285964
Description: xiv, 199 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Nomination and election, 1860-1861 --
The first year --
The second year: sustaining popularity --
Defeat and victory --
Renomination and reelection --
Triumph and assassination.
Responsibility: Hans L. Trefousse.
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"One hundred and forty years after his assassination on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln towers more than ever above the landscape of American politics. In myth and memory, he is always the Great Emancipator and savior of the Union, second in stature only to George Washington. But was Lincoln always so exalted? Was he, as some historians argue, in reality a poor chief executive who was deeply disliked? Was Lincoln's legacy ennobled only by John Wilkes Booth's bullet?" "In this book, a leading historian finally takes the full measure of Lincoln's reputation. Drawing on a range of primary documents - speeches, newspaper accounts and editorials, private letters, memoirs, and other sources - Hans L. Trefousse gives us the voices of Lincoln's own time. From citizens North and South, at home and abroad, here are politicians and ordinary people, soldiers and statesmen, abolitionists and slaveholders alike, in a rich chorus of American opinion. Trefousse carefully crafts a clear picture of how his contemporaries measured Lincoln's great strengths - and shortcomings."--BOOK JACKET.

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