The Lincolns in the White House: Four Years That Shattered a Family

The Lincolns in the White House: Four Years That Shattered a Family

by Jerrold M. Packard
     
 

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From the day of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, a nation divided by savage conflict confronted the new president. But what many don't know was that within the White House's walls, the Lincoln's family would soon find itself suffering turmoil mirroring that of the nation he led.

Savagely criticized for her extravagance by the American public and widely

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Overview

From the day of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, a nation divided by savage conflict confronted the new president. But what many don't know was that within the White House's walls, the Lincoln's family would soon find itself suffering turmoil mirroring that of the nation he led.

Savagely criticized for her extravagance by the American public and widely distrusted because of her southern roots, first lady Mary Lincoln's increasing instability would deeply strain her marriage and eventually end in her mental collapse. The couple was devastated when eleven-year-old Willie died in the White House of typhoid fever. Tad, the youngest son, remained the family joy despite his physical impairments. Though their son Robert's success at Harvard made his parents proud, his relationship with them was troubled and would result in a painful estrangement, one which would eventually permanently separate him from his mother. The president's assassination brutally crushed Mary's always-fragile spirits. After leaving the White House and following Tad's early death, the former first lady retreated into increasing eccentricity and seclusion until her death in 1882. A moving and poignant portrait of the family life of America's greatest president.

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Editorial Reviews

William Lee Miller
…readable, well-organized, well-researched and smoothly written…These are distressing stories, often told but put together effectively here. Even those who know Lincoln well may learn something they did not know before.
— The Washinton Post
From the Publisher

“Packard's narrative is accessible,unpretentious,and solidly written.” —Publishers Weekly on Victoria's Daughter

“Broad, scholarly, but still readable.” —Philadelphia Inquirer on American Nightmare

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466852785
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
696,410
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Jerrold Packard is the author of the best-selling Victoria's Daughters, and most recently American Nightmare. Mr. Packard lives in Vermont.


Jerrold Packard's books include the best-selling Victoria's Daughters, the life stories of the five princesses born to Britain's longest-reigning monarch; Sons of Heaven, a chronicle of Japan's monarchy over fourteen centuries; and American Nightmare, the history of Jim Crow and the racial torment that America endured for more than a hundred years in the wake of the Civil War. Mr. Packard lives in Vermont.

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