Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President

Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President

by Harold Holzer
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“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:
9780201408294
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
01/20/1995
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.07(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Harold Holzer is the senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Among the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, Holzer is the author, coauthor, or editor of twenty-three books—including The Lincoln Image, The Lincoln Family Album, and Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President—for which he has received numerous awards. He is the cochair of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

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