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Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President
     

Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President

by Harold Holzer (Editor)
 

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During the Civil War, Americans felt themselves to be on intimate terms with their commander in chief, sending President Abraham Lincoln between two hundred and five hundred pieces of mail every day—letters that expressed the concerns, aspirations, grievances, and obsessions of the nation. Ranging from weighty political tomes to greetings accompanying homespun

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During the Civil War, Americans felt themselves to be on intimate terms with their commander in chief, sending President Abraham Lincoln between two hundred and five hundred pieces of mail every day—letters that expressed the concerns, aspirations, grievances, and obsessions of the nation. Ranging from weighty political tomes to greetings accompanying homespun gifts, the letters reflect the pulse of the country in a time of upheaval. This illuminating collection includes straightforward correspondence from ordinary Americans requesting autographs and favors as well as pleas from the influential, such as the anguished open letter from New York Tribune publisher Horace Greeley imploring Lincoln to end his “remiss” policy of caution on emancipation. This new paperback edition, featuring twenty-two illustrations, portrays a president clearly eager to review and respond to the advice, criticism, and requests of the nation’s citizens.

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“This work provides a fascinating account of the thoughts of a nation as directed to President Lincoln through correspondence.”—Library Journal

“Holzer has assembled a priceless collection of letters written to Abraham Lincoln while he was president. From his election to his assassination, Lincoln was deluged with unofficial correspondence from ordinary citizens pertaining to a wide variety of topics. . . . Delightfully literate.”—Booklist

“Just when it appears that everything that could possibly be published about the presidency of Abraham Lincoln is already in print, along comes the remarkable Harold Holzer with yet another interesting and insightful volume.”—Illinois Issues

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809326860
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Harold Holzer is Chief Communications Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is the author of many books on the Civil War era, including Lincoln on Democracy with Mario Cuomo, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: The Civil War in Art with Mark E. Neely, Jr., and The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete Unexpurgated Text. For Dear Mr. Lincoln Mr. Holzer won the Barondess/Lincoln Award of the Civil War and the Award of Achievment of the Lincoln Group of New York. He has recieved numerous other awards and honorary degrees for his Lincoln scholarship.

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