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Lincoln : a life of purpose and power

Author: Richard Carwardine
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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A portrait of America's sixteenth president follows Lincoln's life and career during his rise to political power and his years in the White House, arguing that he looked beyond the political system to find support in his struggle to end slavery.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Carwardine
ISBN: 1400044561 9781400044566
OCLC Number: 60421093
Notes: Originally published: London : Pearson Education, 2003.
Awards: Winner of Lincoln Prize of Gettysburg College Lincoln and Soldiers Institute, 2004
Description: xv, 394 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Inner power : Lincoln's ambition and political vision, 1809-54 --
Ambition --
Political vision --
Moral crisis : 1854 --
The religious roots of moral power --
2. The power of opinion : Lincoln, the Illinois public, and the new political order, 1854-58 --
Lincoln, democratic politics and public opinion --
Illinois public opinion and the anti-Nebraska fusion movement --
The senatorial campaign of 1858 --
3. The power of party : winning the presidency, 1858-60 --
Presidential ambition : Lincoln, his party and the road to the Decatur convention --
The Republican presidential nomination --
The 1860 presidential campaign : the power of a righteous party --
4. The limits of power : from president-elect to war president, 1860-61 --
In the antechamber to power : holding the party line --
From Springfield to Sumter : building a united front --
Strategies for 'a people's war' --
'What shall I do? The people are impatient ... ' --
5. The purposes of power : evolving objectives, 1861-65 --
Reading the public --
'Every indispensable means' : toward the Emancipation Proclamation --
Faith and purposes --
Faithfulness of purpose : emancipation, reconstruction and black citizenship --
6. The instruments of power : coercion and voluntary mobilization, 1861-65 --
Coercion, repression and executive power --
Popular mobilization : the 'power of the right word' and the agency of party --
Popular mobilization : churches and philanthropic organizations --
The Union army as a moral force --
The election of 1864 : 'the second birth of our nation' --
7. The potency of death.
Responsibility: Richard Carwardine.
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A portrait of America's sixteenth president follows Lincoln's life and career during his rise to political power and his years in the White House, arguing that he looked beyond the political system to find support in his struggle to end slavery.

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