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From the Publisher"In this thorough examination of Abraham Lincoln's ideology, Jayne argues that Lincoln's greatest accomplishments — including his Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address — were heavily influenced by his unbending belief in the Declaration of Independence's primacy among the trappings of United States democracy....This volume will appeal as much to Civil War history buffs as to those who simply admire Lincoln as a singular leader and thinker."
- Publishers Weekly
"Jayne's singular contributions are his grounding of Lincoln's thought and purpose in Enlightenment concepts and deism and his insistence that Lincoln was antislavery in philosophy and principles because he rooted his thinking in the Declaration of Independence....his insistence that we look to Lincoln's profound sense of moral obligations and his fealty to basic principles of respecting human decency and working toward human rights will evoke hearty 'Amens!' from readers worried about the misuses of Lincoln by people intolerant of reasoned arguments and eager to claim the U.S. President as a tribal religious totem."
- Library Journal