Lincoln and His World: Volume 4, The Path to the Presidency, 1854-1860

Lincoln and His World: Volume 4, The Path to the Presidency, 1854-1860

by Richard Lawrence Miller

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Lincoln and His World: Volume 4, The Path to the Presidency, 1854-1860 by Richard Lawrence Miller

In the climax of Richard Lawrence Miller’s epic four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln’s pre-presidential years, a blunder by the proponents of slavery propels Lincoln toward the White House. Initially, passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act seems to be a victory for the South, opening the American West to slavery. Ultimately, however, the North rises in anger, with Lincoln helping to fan the flames of rage. Before the first shot of the Civil War is fired, the ambitious westerner is transformed, seeking more power yet, but wielding it in defense of the American dream. His dedication and dependability set him apart from his Republican competitors and help him secure his party’s presidential nomination in 1860. With this installment, the most detailed and comprehensive biography of a pre-presidential Abraham Lincoln in the past 100 years comes to its conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786459292
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/24/2012
Pages: 407
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richard Lawrence Miller worked for former President Herbert Hoover’s personal archivist after college. He became a public radio producer, whose programs were heard on National Public Radio and other outlets. A retired community organizer, he lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments v

Preface 1



1. 1854: Illinois 3

2. 1854: Washington 7

3. 1854: Back to Illinois 29

4. 1854: Kansas 69

5. 1854–1855: Reaching for the Senate 76

6. 1855: “Beaten Out” 94

7. 1856: Free Soil, Free Speech 122

8. 1856: Free Men and Frémont 150

9. 1857: Eye of the Hurricane 187

10. 1858: The Supreme Effort 216

11. 1859: Mountain Climbing 273

12. 1860: Promoted to Glory 309



Chapter Notes 361

Sources 386

Index 395

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