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Becoming Lincoln

Author: William W Freehling
Publisher: Charlottesville, VA : University of Virginia Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A biographical account of Abraham Lincoln's rises and falls on his improbable path to becoming the president who ended slavery"--
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William W Freehling
ISBN: 9780813941561 0813941563 0813941571 9780813941578
OCLC Number: 1043051100
Description: x, 369 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Prologue : A puzzling inauguration --
The rising Lincolns and the Kentucky plummet --
The Indiana plunge --
The Illinois crash --
The New Salem recovery --
The rise and fall of a state legislator --
The rise and limits of a pre-1850s lawyer --
The rise and turbulence of a marriage --
A congressional aspirant's rise --
The Congressional fall --
The Union's economic rescue --
Three climactic railroad cases --
The Peoria address and the strategy of defense --
The 1855 setback --
The lost/found speech --
The Dred Scott case and the Kansas finale --
The great debates --
The cunning revisions --
The Cooper Union address --
The Presidential election and the fruits of revision --
The erratic interregnum --
The troubled inaugural address --
Forts Sumter and Pickens and the emergence of an impressive administrator --
Epilogue : (Slowly) becoming a coercive emancipator.
Responsibility: William W. Freehling.

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Previous biographies of Abraham Lincoln have typically focused on his experiences in the White House. In Becoming Lincoln, historian William Freehling instead emphasizes the prewar years, revealing  Read more...

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