Ask most anyone to name all 44 United State presidents, and the odds are good they’ll stall after a dozen or two. Which is totally understandable—between guys who were president for only a few weeks, toa few who were president twice non-consecutively, the numbering gets a little wonky (not to mention there are more than […]
In the first multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America’s greatest presidents. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers, along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce current understanding of America’s sixteenth president.
In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln’s presidency and the trials of the Civil War. He supplies fascinating details on the crisis over Fort Sumter and the relentless office seekers who plagued Lincoln. He introduces readers to the president’s battles with hostile newspaper editors and his quarrels with incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also interprets Lincoln’s private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd, the untimely death of his son Willie to disease in 1862, and his recurrent anguish over the enormous human costs of the war.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction and Acknowledgments1. "I Have Seen a Good Deal of the Back Side of This World": Childhood in Kentucky (1809-1816)2. "I Used to be a Slave": Boyhood and Adolescence in Indiana (1816-1830)3. "Separated from His Father, He Studied English Grammar": New Salem (1831-1834)4. "A Napoleon of Astuteness and Political Finesse": Frontier Legislator (1834-1837)5. "We Must Fight the Devil With Fire": Slasher-Gaff Politico in Springfield (1837-1841)6. "It Would Just Kill Me to Marry Mary Todd": Courtship and Marriage (1840-1842)7. "I Have Got the Preacher by the Balls": Pursuing a Seat in Congress (1843-1847)8. "A Strong but Judicious Enemy to Slavery": Congressman Lincoln (1847-1849)9. "I Was Losing Interest in Politics and Went to the Practice of Law with Greater Earnestness Than Ever Before": Mid-Life Crisis (1849-1854)10. "Aroused As He Had Never Been Before": Reentering Politics (1854-1855)11. "Unite with Us, and Help Us to Triumph": Building the Illinois Republican Party (1855-1857)12. "A House Divided": Lincoln vs. Douglas (1857-1858)13. "A David Greater than the Democratic Goliath": The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (1858)14. That Presidential Grub Gnaws Deep: Pursuing the Republican Nomination (1859-1860)15. "The Most Available Presidential Candidate for Unadulterated Republicans": The Chicago Convention (May 1860)16. "I Have Been Elected Mainly on the Cry 'Honest Old Abe'": The Presidential Campaign (May-November 1860)17. "I Will Suffer Death Before I Will Consent to Any Concession or Compromise": President-elect in Springfield (1860-1861)18. "What If I Appoint Cameron, Whose Very Name Stinks in the Nostrils of the People for His Corruption?": Cabinet-Making in Springfield (1860-1861)19. "The Man Does Not Live Who Is More Devoted to Peace Than I Am, But It May Be Necessary to Put the Foot Down Firmly": From Springfield to Washington (February 11-22, 1861)20. "I Am Now Going To Be Master": Inauguration (February 23-March 4, 1861)21. "A Man So Busy Letting Rooms in One End of His House, That He Can't Stop to Put Out the Fire that is Burning in the Other": Distributing Patronage (March-April 1861)22. "You Can Have No Conflict Without Being Yourselves the Aggressors": The Fort Sumter Crisis (March-April 1861)23. "I Intend to Give Blows": The Hundred Days (April-July 1861)24. Sitzkrieg: The Phony War (August 1861-January 1862)25. "This Damned Old House": The Lincoln Family in the Executive Mansion26. "I Expect to Maintain This Contest Until Successful, or Till I Die, or Am Conquered, or My Term Expires, or Congress or the Country Forsakes Me": From the Slough of Despond to the Gates of Richmond (January-July, 1862)27. "The Hour Comes for Dealing with Slavery": Playing the Last Trump Card (January-July 1862)28. "Would You Prosecute the War with Elder-Stalk Squirts, Charged with Rose Water?": The Soft War Turns Hard (July-September 1862)29. "I Am Not a Bold Man, But I Have the Knack of Sticking to My Promises!": The Emancipation Proclamation (September-December 1862)30. "Go Forward, and Give Us Victories": From the Mud March to Gettysburg (January-July 1863)31. "The Signs Look Better": Victory at the Polls and in the Field (July-November 1863)32. "I Hope to Stand Firm Enough to Not Go Backward, and Yet Not Go Forward Fast Enough to Wreck the Country's Cause": Reconstruction and Renomination (November 1863-June 1864)33. "Hold On with a Bulldog Grip and Chew and Choke as Much as Possible": The Grand Offensive (May-August 1864)34. "The Wisest Radical of All": Reelection (September-November 1864)35. "Let the Thing Be Pressed": Victory at Last (November 1864-April 8, 1865)36. "This War Is Eating My Life Out; I Have a Strong Impression That I Shall Not Live to See the End": (April 9-15, 1865)NotesIndex
What People are Saying About This
"Lincoln scholars have waited anxiously for this book for decades. Its triumphant publication proves it was well worth the wait. Few scholars have written with greater insight about the psychology of Lincoln. No one in recent history has uncovered more fresh sources than Michael Burlingame. This profound and masterful portrait will be read and studied for years to come."—Doris Kearns Goodwin
"The remarkable breadth of Burlingame's research has resulted in a book unlike anything else written about Lincoln. It will be a major contribution to the field."—Gerald J. Prokopowicz, East Carolina University
"Burlingame has developed a familiarity with the details of Lincoln's life that is truly authoritative, even definitive, and he has genuinely earned his reputation for knowing more about Lincoln than just about anyone who has ever studied him."—Kenneth J. Winkle, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Burlingame has developed a familiarity with the details of Lincoln's life that is truly authoritative, even definitive, and he has genuinely earned his reputation for knowing more about Lincoln than just about anyone who has ever studied him.
Kenneth J. Winkle, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln scholars have waited anxiously for this book for decades. Its triumphant publication proves it was well worth the wait. Few scholars have written with greater insight about the psychology of Lincoln. No one in recent history has uncovered more fresh sources than Michael Burlingame. This profound and masterful portrait will be read and studied for years to come.
The remarkable breadth of Burlingame's research has resulted in a book unlike anything else written about Lincoln. It will be a major contribution to the field.
Gerald J. Prokopowicz, East Carolina University
To read the peerless Michael Burlingame on Abraham Lincoln is as close as we can conceivably come to spending time with our greatest president in the years of our nation's greatest crisis. In this abridged volume of his two-volume masterpiece, Burlingame gives us a brilliant work of depth and detail. A monumental and indeed vital achievement.—Jon Meacham, author of And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle
The deep research is still evident. The detailed knowledge of every facet of Lincoln's life remains impressive. But now, thanks to this expertly crafted abridgement Michael Burlingame's, monumental biography of Lincoln is more readily accessible to the broad range of readers it deserves.—James Oakes, author of The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution
When Michael Burlingame's Abraham Lincoln: A Life appeared in 2009, it was recognized at once—and not just by Lincoln admirers—as one of the best Lincoln biographies. This skillful one-volume abridgement by Jonathan W. White now adds the attraction of accessibility to greatness.—Allen C. Guelzo, Princeton University