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The Mary Lincoln enigma : historians on America's most controversial First Lady

Author: Frank J Williams; Michael Burkhimer
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mary Lincoln is a lightning rod for controversy. Stories reveal widely different interpretations, and it is impossible to write a definitive version of her life that will suit everyone. The thirteen engaging essays in this collection introduce Mary Lincoln's complex nature and show how she is viewed today. The authors' explanations of her personal and private image stem from a variety of backgrounds, and through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mary Lincoln enigma.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011037896
(OCoLC)749855433
Named Person: Mary Todd Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Mary Todd Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Mary Todd Lincoln
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frank J Williams; Michael Burkhimer
ISBN: 9780809331253 080933125X 1280881798 9781280881794
OCLC Number: 801409247
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 376 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction / Frank J. Williams --
There's something about Mary: Mary Lincoln and her siblings / Stephen Berry --
Mary Lincoln, race, and slavery / Brian Dirck --
Life at Eighth and Jackson / Richard Lawrence Miller --
"An unladylike profession": Mary Lincoln's preparation for greatness / Kenneth J. Winkle --
William H. Herndon and Mary Todd Lincoln / Douglas L. Wilson --
"I am so fond of sightseeing": Mary Lincoln's travels up to 1865 / Wayne C. Temple --
Fashion plate or trendsetter? / Donna McCreary --
The reports of the Lincolns' political partnership have been greatly exaggerated / Michael Burkhimer --
A psychiatrist looks at Mrs. Lincoln / James S. Brust --
"I miss Bob, so much": Mary Lincoln's relationship with her oldest son / Jason Emerson --
Mary Lincoln among the novelists: fictional interpretations of the First Lady / Richard W. Etulain --
"I look too stern": Mary Lincoln and her image in the graphic arts / Harold Holzer --
Epilogue: the compelling Mrs. Lincoln / Catherine Clinton.
Responsibility: edited by Frank J. Williams and Michael Burkhimer.

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"Mary Lincoln is a lightning rod for controversy. Stories reveal widely different interpretations, and it is impossible to write a definitive version of her life that will suit everyone. The thirteen engaging essays in this collection introduce Mary Lincoln's complex nature and show how she is viewed today. The authors' explanations of her personal and private image stem from a variety of backgrounds, and through these lenses--history, theater, graphic arts, and psychiatry--they present their latest research and assessments. Here they reveal the effects of familial culture and society on her life and give a broader assessment of Mary Lincoln as a woman, wife, and mother. Topics include Mary's childhood in Kentucky, the early years of her marriage to Abraham, Mary's love of travel and fashion, the presidential couple's political partnership, and Mary's relationship with her son Robert."--Project Muse.

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Mary Todd Lincoln was controversial while alive, and she remains controversial to this day. Historians at one extreme see her as mentally unstable, corrupt, and abusive to her spouse. At the other Read more...

 
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