Abraham Lincoln : An Extraordinary Life

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-27
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
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Like no other American, Abraham Lincoln's life is entwined with the history and culture of the nation. His rise from poverty to presidency has inspired others to believe in the promise of opportunity; his success in preserving the nation is one of our greatest triumphs; his death is our American tragedy. To commemmorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is publishing, for the first time, its unparalleled Lincoln collection. It contains many historical treasures, including: Lincoln's top hat, his gold pocket watch from his days as a Springfield lawyer, the inkstand he used to draft the Emancipation Proclamation, his patent model for lifting boats, one of Mary Lincoln's White House gowns and jewelry, and prison hoods and shackles worn by the Lincoln conspirators. Showcasing more than 125 objects and photographs,Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Lifetells a new and intimate story of the life and legacy of this remarkable American icon.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Lincoln Collectionp. x
Introductionp. 1
Early Lifep. 2
Childhoodp. 3
The Railsplitterp. 6
Lawyerp. 10
A Would-be Inventorp. 14
Presidential Campaignp. 16
The Presidential Election of 1860p. 17
Old Abe is Oursp. 20
The Lincoln Administrationp. 28
President Lincolnp. 29
Abraham and Maryp. 35
The Lincoln White Housep. 42
Civil Warp. 46
Commander-in-Chiefp. 47
"To Finish the Work We Are In"p. 50
The Emancipation Proclamationp. 51
"Forever Free"p. 52
"Come and Join Us Brothers"p. 56
Lincoln's Generalsp. 57
Lincoln and Technologyp. 61
Presidential Election of 1864p. 62
Victory at Lastp. 66
Assassination and Mourningp. 68
April 14, 1865p. 69
Booth and Lincolnp. 71
The Conspiracyp. 74
A Funeral Procession 1,700 Miles Longp. 80
Further Readingp. 89
Acknowledgmentsp. 91
Illustrationsp. 92
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