We Cannot Escape History

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In "We Cannot Escape History" a remarkable group of top Lincoln and Civil War scholars come together to explore the meaning of Lincoln for the destiny of the United States. They focus on Lincoln's view of American history and on his legacy - for Americans and for the world. In the process they deepen the reader's understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of the problems Lincoln faced and for the genius of his leadership, which surmounted these obstacles and preserved the United States as one nation ...
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Overview

In "We Cannot Escape History" a remarkable group of top Lincoln and Civil War scholars come together to explore the meaning of Lincoln for the destiny of the United States. They focus on Lincoln's view of American history and on his legacy - for Americans and for the world. In the process they deepen the reader's understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of the problems Lincoln faced and for the genius of his leadership, which surmounted these obstacles and preserved the United States as one nation indivisible while purging it of slavery, which had marred the democratic and egalitarian promise of America from the beginning. The contributors develop themes including Lincoln's conception of the United States as the last best hope for the preservation of democratic government and a republican polity, his view of American history and its meaning, his international impact, Lincoln and slavery, Lincoln and the uses of political power, and Lincoln as commander-on-chief in time of war.

A remarkable group of top Lincoln and Civil War scholars come together to explore the meaning of Lincoln for the destiny of the United States. They focus on Lincoln's view of American history and on his legacy, and, in the process, deepen the reader's understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of the problems Lincoln faced and for the genius of his leadership.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252069819
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. McPherson
Initially moved to study the history of the South as a way of understanding the civil rights movement, James M. McPherson has become the preeminent expert on the Civil War and Reconstruction. His award-winning work provides detail, context and a modern perspective on one of America's most important historical periods.
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    1. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Valley City, North Dakota
    1. Education:
      B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) 1958; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1963

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Last Best Hope for What? 1
1 Lincoln's History 17
2 Lincoln's Narrative of American Exceptionalism 33
3 Emancipating the Republic: Lincoln and the Means and Ends of Antislavery 45
4 Abraham Lincoln and Presidential Leadership 63
5 The Civil War and the Two-Party System 86
6 Avoid Saying "Foolish Things": The Legacy of Lincoln's Impromptu Oratory 105
7 What Is an American? Abraham Lincoln and Multiculturism 127
8 Abraham Lincoln - Our Ever-Present Contemporary 139
9 The International Lincoln 158
Contributors 175
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