Lincoln and His America, 1809-1865: With the Words of Abraham Lincoln

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9780670429332: Lincoln and His America, 1809-1865: With the Words of Abraham Lincoln

From dust jacket notes: "...David Plowden's new photographs of old scenes associated with Lincoln, coupled with old contemporary prints and photographs of the people Lincoln knew and the events of his times, set the scene. Against this unique pictorial background we find Lincoln, the man himself, as he really was, in his own words compiled from letters, speeches, documents, and state papers. Few figures in American history have inspired as many sentimental myths and humorous legends as the Illinois rail-splitter: through the years, he has become a great folk hero as well as a revered leader. For some, the folklore has come to obscure the real character of a man of action and achievement, of great intellectual power and unsurpassed logic, of great humanity and incisive wit. Through his own writings we learn what he thought of those around him, how he dealt with the all but overwhelming crises with which he was faced, what his hopes, dreams, and ambitions for his family and his country actually were. [The editors] have delved deeply into old records, journals, newspaper accounts, and biographies to provide the accurate, informative narrative thread which binds together these excerpts from Lincoln's writings by describing the circumstances that inspired them. Interwoven with Lincoln's own writings are quotations from his contemporaries which help us to understand how Lincoln was regarded in his own time, and to assess the attitudes and ambitions of his colleagues and opponents...."

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