"First among Equals": Abraham Lincoln's Reputation During His Administration (The North's Civil War)

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One hundred and forty years after his assassination on April 14, 1865, Abraham
Lincoln towers more than ever above the landscape of American politics. In
myth and memory, he is always the Great Emancipator and savior of the Union,
second in stature only to George Washington.

But was Lincoln always so exalted?Was he, as some historians argue, a poor
President, deeply disliked, whose legacy was ennobled only by John Wilkes
Booth’s bullet?

In this fascinating book, a leading historian finally takes the full measure of
Lincoln’s reputation. Drawing on a remarkable range of primary documents―
speeches, newspaper accounts and editorials, private letters, memoirs, and
other sources―Hans L. Trefousse gives us the voices of Lincoln’s own time. From
North and South, at home and abroad, here are politicians and ordinary people,
soldiers and statesmen, abolitionists and slaveholders alike, in a rich chorus of
American opinion. The result is a masterly portrait of Lincoln the President in
the eyes of his fellow Americans.

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Hans Trefousse (1921-2010) was Distinguished Professor of History at Brooklyn College and at the Graduate Center, of the City University of New York.

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An accomplished biographer of Civil War figures (Andrew Johnson, 1997), historian Trefousse considers the fluctuations in domestic and foreign opinion on Abraham Lincoln and his presidency. Trefousse primarily mines newspapers, but he also incorporates diarists and congressional floor speeches to graph the course of commentary. As detailed in William C. Harris' Lincoln's Last Months (2004), Lincoln's 1864 reelection fueled widespread belief that Lincoln was as great a president as Washington. Trefousse reinforces this perception, which stood in stark contrast to the avalanche of published criticism of Lincoln that prevailed for most of the Civil War. Southern journals naturally vilified Lincoln, while Northern papers favoring the Democratic Party arraigned him on a number of counts, from suspending habeas corpus to his decisions dealing with slavery. To the abolitionist press, Lincoln was vacillating and conservative. Amid the slings and arrows, Trefousse detects steady support for Lincoln from Union soldiery and Republican politicians. An illuminating work on how contemporary and historical viewpoints of the same individual can drastically diverge. Gilbert Taylor
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