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Lincoln president-elect : Abraham Lincoln and the great secession winter 1860-1861

Author: Harold Holzer
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover edView all editions and formats
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Abraham Lincoln first demonstrated his determination and leadership in the Great Secession Winter -- the four months between his election in November 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861 -- when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for generations. Though Lincoln has been  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Holzer, Harold.
Lincoln president-elect.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008
(OCoLC)680591953
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Holzer
ISBN: 9780743289474 0743289471 9780743289481 074328948X
OCLC Number: 209693569
Description: x, 623, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: The government is about to fall into our hands --
My troubles have just commenced --
We won't jump that ditch --
A masterly inactivity --
The tug has to come --
Very much like the critter --
If we surrender, it is the end of us --
Will you hazard so desperate a step? --
With a task before me --
No occasion for any excitement --
I would rather be assassinated --
Plain as a turnpike road --
The ultimate justice of the people --
Epilogue : Mystic chords of memory --
What became of ...?
Responsibility: Harold Holzer.
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Abraham Lincoln first demonstrated his determination and leadership in the Great Secession Winter -- the four months between his election in November 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861 -- when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for generations. Though Lincoln has been criticized by many historians for failing to appreciate the severity of the secession crisis that greeted his victory, Harold Holzer shows that the president-elect waged a shrewd and complex campaign to prevent the expansion of slavery while vainly trying to limit secession to a few Deep South states. During this most dangerous White House transition in American history, the country had two presidents: one powerless (the president-elect, possessing no constitutional authority), the other paralyzed (the incumbent who refused to act). Through limited, brilliantly timed and crafted public statements, determined private letters, tough political pressure, and personal persuasion, Lincoln guaranteed the integrity of the American political process of majority rule, sounded the death knell of slavery, and transformed not only his own image but that of the presidency, even while making inevitable the war that would be necessary to make these achievements permanent. Lincoln President-Elect is the first book to concentrate on Lincoln's public stance and private agony during these months and on the momentous consequences when he first demonstrated his determination and leadership. Holzer recasts Lincoln from an isolated prairie politician yet to establish his greatness, to a skillful shaper of men and opinion and an immovable friend of freedom at a decisive moment when allegiance to the founding credo "all men are created equal" might well have been sacrificed.

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