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Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America : A Biography

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ISBN13:

9780195151008

ISBN10:
0195151003
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/17/2002
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press

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Summary

In Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America, historian William Gienapp provides a remarkably concise, up-to-date, and vibrant biography of the most revered figure in United States history. While the heart of the book focuses on the Civil War, Gienapp begins with a finely etched portrait of Lincoln's early life, from pioneer farm boy to politician and lawyer in Springfield, to his stunning election as sixteenth president of the United States. Students will see how Lincoln grew during his years in office, how he developed a keen aptitude for military strategy and displayed enormous skill in dealing with his generals, and how his war strategy evolved from a desire to preserve the Union to emancipation and total war. Gienapp shows how Lincoln's early years influenced his skills as commander-in-chief and demonstrates that, throughout the stresses of the war years, Lincoln's basic character shone through: his good will and fundamental decency, his remarkable self-confidence matched with genuine humility, his immunity to the passions and hatreds the war spawned, his extraordinary patience, and his timeless devotion. A former backwoodsman and country lawyer, Abraham Lincoln rose to become one of our greatest presidents. This biography offers a vivid account of Lincoln's dramatic ascension to the pinnacle of American history.

Author Biography

William E. Gienapp is Professor of History at Harvard University

Table of Contents

Preface ix
A Son of the Frontier
1(24)
Thwarted Ambition
25(24)
Rise to Power
49(23)
A People's Contest
72(27)
From Limited War to Revolution
99(27)
Midstream
126(25)
To Finish the Task
151(26)
With Malice Toward None
177(27)
Chronology of Abraham Lincoln 204(5)
List of Abbreviations 209(2)
Notes 211(17)
Bibliographical Essay 228(5)
Index 233


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