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Every drop of blood : the momentous second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

Author: Edward Achorn
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020. 2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition: March 2020View all editions and formats
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"By March 4, 1865, the Civil War had slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans and left intractable wounds on the nation. That day, after a morning of rain-drenched fury, tens of thousands crowded Washington's Capitol grounds to see Abraham Lincoln take the oath for a second term. As the sun emerged, Lincoln rose to give perhaps the greatest inaugural address in American history, stunning the nation by arguing, in a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Achorn
ISBN: 9780802148742 0802148743
OCLC Number: 1147278180
Notes: Subtitle from pre-publication: Hatred and healing at Lincoln's second inauguration.
Description: xxxvi, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Bloody Gashes on the Face of Heaven --
One and a Half Times Bigger --
A Message from Grant --
The Real Precious and Royal Ones --
Meditation on the Divine Will --
Public Sentiment Is Everything --
Indefinable Fascination --
The Blighting Pestilence --
There Was Murder in the Air --
A Future with Hope in It --
Andy Ain't a Drunkard --
An Excellent Chance to Kill the President --
With Malice toward None --
A Truth That Needed to Be Told --
A Sacred Effort --
Epilogue: The Stuff to Carry Them Through --
index.
Other Titles: Momentous second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
Responsibility: Edward Achorn.

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"By March 4, 1865, the Civil War had slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans and left intractable wounds on the nation. That day, after a morning of rain-drenched fury, tens of thousands crowded Washington's Capitol grounds to see Abraham Lincoln take the oath for a second term. As the sun emerged, Lincoln rose to give perhaps the greatest inaugural address in American history, stunning the nation by arguing, in a brief 701 words, that both sides had been wrong, and that the war's unimaginable horrors-every drop of blood spilled-might well have been God's just verdict on the national sin of slavery. Edward Achorn reveals the nation's capital on that momentous day-with its mud, sewage, and saloons, its prostitutes, spies, reporters, social-climbing spouses, and power-hungry politicians-as a microcosm of all the opposing forces that had driven the country apart. Achorn weaves together the stories of the host of characters, unknown and famous, that had converged on Washington-from grievously wounded Union colonel Selden Connor in a Washington hospital, embarrassingly drunk new vice president Andrew Johnson, and poet-journalist Walt Whitman, to soldiers' advocate Clara Barton, African American leader Frederick Douglass (who called the speech "a sacred effort"), and conflicted actor John Wilkes Booth-all swirling around the complex figure of Lincoln. In indelible scenes, Achorn vividly captures the frenzy in the nation's capital at this crucial moment in America's history and the tension-filled hope and despair afflicting the country as a whole, soon to be heightened by Lincoln's assassination. His story offers new understanding of our great national crisis, and echoes down the decades to resonate in our own time"--

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