Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime

Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime

by James B. Conroy
Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime

Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime

by James B. Conroy


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Co-winner of the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Lincoln’s White House is the first book devoted to capturing the look, feel, and smell of the executive mansion from Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865. James Conroy brings to life the people who knew it, from servants to cabinet secretaries. We see the constant stream of visitors, from ordinary citizens to visiting dignitaries and diplomats. Conroy enables the reader to see how the Lincolns lived and how the administration conducted day-to-day business during four of the most tumultuous years in American history. Relying on fresh research and a character-driven narrative and drawing on untapped primary sources, he takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour that provides new insight into how Lincoln lived, led the government, conducted war, and ultimately, unified the country to build a better government of, by, and for the people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442251342
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2016
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

James Conroy, a trial lawyer in Boston for over thirty years, is the author of Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 (Lyons Press, 2014). He resides on Boston’s South Shore.

Table of Contents

Author’s Note and Acknowledgments Introduction 1 The Painful Sense of Becoming Educated 2 A Strange Mixture of Enthusiasm and Greed 3 Plain and Simple in Its Appointments 4 A Miscellaneous Assortment of Life and Character 5 The White House Is Turned into Barracks 6 It Is Good to Look at Beauty Once in a While 7 Ink Stained and Work Worn 8 The Republican Queen in Her White Palace 9 This Is a God-Forsaken Hole 10 This Damned Old House 11 My Public Opinion Baths 12 Bright Jewels and Bright Eyes 13 Not an American Crime 14 Bundles and Bales 15 Like So Many Greenhead Flies 16 Crazy and Poetry 17 I Happen Temporarily to Occupy This Big White House 18 And Everything Seemed to Weep Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index About the Author
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