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Using the exhibition halls as a launching point, this book offers...
Using the exhibition halls as a launching point, this book offers stories, anecdotes, and never-before-seen images and artifacts from the museum’s vault. It positions Lincoln as a man of his century, a time ripe with Industrial Revolution, travel and culture, abolition, and war. Worldwide events figure into the story: Britain’s emergence as a democracy, Russia’s freeing of the serfs, Japan’s opening to foreign trade, Germany’s unity under Bismarck.
Every page reflects the humor, integrity, and unique style of leadership that made Abe Lincoln a legend. Quote boxes reveal his sayings; cartoons give a glimpse of him from domestic and foreign shores; sidebars highlight archaeological discoveries, such as the store where young Lincoln held his first job. Personal incidents tell of his special relationship with son Willy; his love for his wife; and the reverence he has inspired in such luminaries as Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Thatcher. With multiple promotional venues and copies displayed in both the Lincoln Store and the new store at Gettysburg, this book will become a centerpiece for state and national Lincoln Bicentennial celebrations.
Ch. 1 The Short and Simple Annals of the Poor 1809-1830 15
Ch. 2 I Am Young and Unknown 1831-1846 33
Ch. 3 A House Divided 1847-1861 61
Ch. 4 I Would Save the Union 1861-1863 95
Ch. 5 We Cannot Escape History 1863-1865 145
Ch. 6 He Belongs to the Ages 1865 193
About the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum 212
Acknowledgments and Credits 214