Overview

To fully understand and appreciate Abraham Lincoln's legacy, it is important to examine the society that influenced the life, character, and leadership of the man who would become the Great Emancipator. Editors Joseph R. Fornieri and Sara Vaughn Gabbard have done just that in Lincoln's America: 1809-1865, a collection of new and original essays by ten eminent historians that place Lincoln within his nineteenth-century cultural context.

Among the topics explored in Lincoln's ...

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Overview

To fully understand and appreciate Abraham Lincoln's legacy, it is important to examine the society that influenced the life, character, and leadership of the man who would become the Great Emancipator. Editors Joseph R. Fornieri and Sara Vaughn Gabbard have done just that in Lincoln's America: 1809-1865, a collection of new and original essays by ten eminent historians that place Lincoln within his nineteenth-century cultural context.

Among the topics explored in Lincoln's America are religion, education, middle-class family life, the antislavery movement, politics, and law. Of particular interest are the transition of American intellectual and philosophical thought from the Enlightenment to Romanticism and the influence of this evolution on Lincoln's own ideas.

By examining aspects of Lincoln's life—his personal piety in comparison with the beliefs of his contemporaries, his success in self-schooling when frontier youths had limited opportunities for a formal education, his marriage and home life in Springfield, and his legal career—in light of broader cultural contexts such as the development of democracy, the growth of visual arts, the question of slaves as property, and French visitor Alexis de Tocqueville's observations on America, the contributors delve into the mythical Lincoln of folklore and discover a developing political mind and a changing nation.

As Lincoln's America shows, the sociopolitical culture of nineteenth-century America was instrumental in shaping Lincoln's character and leadership. The essays in this volume paint a vivid picture of a young nation and its sixteenth president, arguably its greatest leader.

 

 

 

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"Each of the ten new essays in Lincoln's America is the work of an acknowledged authority on Abraham Lincoln, and each has something new and enlightening to tell us about the most celebrated American." —Douglas L. Wilson, author of Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809387137
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 483,612
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Joseph R. Fornieri is an associate professor of political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. A member of the Board of Advisors of the Lincoln Forum, he is the author of Abraham Lincoln's Political Faith.

 

Sara Vaughn Gabbard is a coeditor of Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment.

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Table of Contents


Contents
Preface
Sara Vaughn Gabbard
Introduction: Interpreting Lincoln the Man and His Times
Joseph R. Fornieri
1. A. Lincoln, Philosopher: Lincoln¿s Place in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History
Allen C. Guelzo
2. Tocqueville and Lincoln on Religion and Democracy in America
Joseph R. Fornieri
3. Schooling in Lincoln¿s America and Lincoln¿s Extraordinary Self-Schooling
Myron Marty
4. American Religion, 1809¿1865
Mark Noll
5. The Middle-Class Marriage of Abraham and Mary Lincoln
Kenneth J. Winkle
6. Abraham Lincoln: The Making of the Attorney-in-Chief
Frank J. Williams
7. ¿No Such Right¿: The Origins of Lincoln¿s Rejection of the Right of Property in Slaves
James Oakes
8. Abraham Lincoln and the Anti-Slavery Movement
Richard Striner
9. Visualizing Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln as Student, Subject, and Patron of the Visual Arts 00 Harold Holzer
10. Lincoln and the Nature of ¿A More Perfect Union¿
Herman Belz
Appendix: Chronology of Lincoln¿s America
Index
Contributors
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