The Best American History Essays on Lincoln
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The Best American History Essays on Lincoln

by Sean Wilentz
     
 

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Sean Wilentz gathers illuminating reflections on a beloved president from some of America's greatest historians.

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Sean Wilentz gathers illuminating reflections on a beloved president from some of America's greatest historians.

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'Full of closely-observed commentary and genuine insight, this roundup will be appreciated most by students and serious armchair historians.' - Publishers' Weekly

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In this special edition of their annual Best American History Essays, the Organization of American Historians tasked Princeton University professor Wilentz to collect the best of Lincoln scholarship from the past 60 years. Each of the eleven essays come from a noted historian considering the 16th President from a different angle; included are Richard Hofstadter on Lincoln the self-made myth, Jean H. Baker on Lincoln the husband, John Hope Franklin on Lincoln the decider, Richard N. Current on Lincoln the "master politician," and James Oliver Horton on Lincoln the "strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy." Wilentz organizes the material in themes-general overview, the private man, the public figure, and the commander-in-chief-and, though some of the writing can be dry and dense, manages to stave off redundancy. Full of closely-observed commentary and genuine insight, this roundup with be appreciated most by students and serious armchair historians.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230609150
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
02/13/2009
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Sean Wilentz is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University. He regularly writes on history and politics for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and Salon.com. His most recent book is The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln. He lives in New York City.

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