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The Assassination of Lincoln: History & Myth

LEWIS, Lloyd

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ISBN 10: 1567314090 / ISBN 13: 9781567314090
Published by MJF Books n.y., New York
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8vo. Red and tan paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. (10pp), 367pp. Near fine/fine. Introduction by Mark E. Neely, Jr. Tight, quite nice reprint edition of Lewis's 1929 "Myths After Lincoln" -- with a nice autograph addition: Tipped opposite the title page is a Typed Note Signed from Neely, 1p, 8" X 11", Fort Wayne, IN, 1983 July 18. Addressed to noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. On letterhead of "The Louis A. Warren Lincoln Library and Musuem," which cites Neely as director, the Pulitzer Prize winner notes cryptically, "The enclosed is the best I can do on short notice." Signed simply "Mark" in blue ballpoint. MONAGHAN 3108. Bookseller Inventory # 38872

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Title: The Assassination of Lincoln: History & Myth

Publisher: MJF Books n.y., New York

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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The Civil War officially ended at Appomattox soon after President Lincoln’s second inauguration. During his first term he had been widely viewed by special-interest groups as a good-natured, indecisive bungler, and worse. In the South he was still despised, and many in the North, especially the radicals in the Republican party, distrusted and derided his leniency toward the vanquished. On the evening of April 14, 1865, an assassin’s bullet irrevocably altered the way Abraham Lincoln would be viewed by Americans. In life a cunning politician, Lincoln became in death a selfless martyr. Lloyd Lewis explicates the mythology that evolved out of Lincoln’s death, the outpouring of national grief, the pursuit of John Wilkes booth and the conspirators, booth’s fate, and the frequent moving and reburial of Lincoln’s coffin.

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Lloyd Lewis wrote Sherman, Fighting Prophet (1993), also a Bison Book. Mark E. Neely, Jr., who introduces this book, previously titled Myths after Lincoln, is professor of history at St. Louis University. He is the author of The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia, The Insanity File: The Case of Mary Todd Lincoln, and The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties.

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