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In 2008, we saw Hillary Clinton battle political outsider Barack Obama for the presidential nomination. This was followed by President-elect Obama appointing Clinton as his Secretary of State. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was the unknown political outsider. Lincoln appointed his opponent as Secretary of State. Abe's fight wasn't waged for months on television. He didn't raise campaign funds on the Internet. He didn't even attend the nominating convention. Instead, his "Lincoln men" manipulated delegate votes (and more) behind the scenes in Chicago for a few days in May of 1860. Lincoln's First Nomination tells the exciting tale of tough infighting--along with the touchy racial and social issues that aroused our nation then, too. You'll hold your breath at every political twist and turn! And be amazed at the political parallels between 1860 and 2008.
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Born and raised in Clewiston, Florida, he earned his law degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. With an interest in politics, Miner has been both a candidate for public office and a campaign worker--in addition to having a law career serving as a city attorney in the Ozarks for 20 years and, currently, as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice. He lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, not far from the Lincoln Homestead.Review:
A full picture about one of the most important developments in Lincoln's life: the successful effort to acquire the Republican presidential nomination in Chicago in 1860. Jay Miner's handling of the material, astute analysis of the activities of the "Lincoln men" at the convention, and good understanding of the significance of the work going on behind the scenes will make this book an invaluable contriution toward understanding how Lincoln became president. --Dr. Phillip C. Stone
Founder, Lincoln Society of Virginia
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