Lincoln's America: 1809-1865 / Edition 2

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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: 9780809328789
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2008
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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

List of Illustrations Preface Sara Vaughn Gabbard Gabbard, Sara Vaughn Introduction Interpreting Lincoln the Man and His Times Joseph R. Fornieri Fornieri, Joseph R. 1
1 A. Lincoln, Philosopher: Lincoln's Place in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History Allen C. Guelzo Guelzo, Allen C. 7
2 Tocqueville and Lincoln on Religion and Democracy in America Joseph R. Fornieri Fornieri, Joseph R. 28
3 Schooling in Lincoln's America and Lincoln's Extraordinary Self-Schooling Myron Marty Marty, Myron 55
4 American Religion, 1809-1865 Mark Noll Noll, Mark 72
5 The Middle-Class Marriage of Abraham and Mary Lincoln Kenneth J. Winkle Winkle, Kenneth J. 94
6 Abraham Lincoln: The Making of the Attorney-in-Chief Frank J. Williams Williams, Frank J. 115
7 "No Such Right": The Origins of Lincoln's Rejection of the Right of Property in Slaves James Oakes Oakes, James 135
8 Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Movement Richard Striner Striner, Richard 151
9 "As Good as It Can Be Made": Abraham Lincoln's Heroic Image in Nineteenth-Century Art Harold Holzer Holzer, Harold 169
10 Lincoln and the Nature of "A More Perfect Union" Herman Belz Belz, Herman 191 App Chronology of Lincoln's America 225 Index 233
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