Lincoln before Washington : new perspectives on the Illinois years /
Douglas L. Wilson.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1997.
xiv, 190 p. ; 24 cm.
0252023315 (alk. paper)
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1997.
0252023315 (alk. paper)
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The frigate and the frugal chariot : Jefferson and Lincoln as readers -- Herndon's legacy -- William H. Herndon and the "necessary truth" -- Abraham Lincoln versus Peter Cartwright -- Abraham Lincoln, Ann Rutledge, and the evidence of Herndon's informants -- Abraham Lincoln and "that fatal first of January" -- Abraham Lincoln and the spirit of mortal -- The Lincoln-Douglas debates : an unfinished text -- Lincoln's declaration.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-04-01:
Most of this volume, essentially a collection of Wilson's essays on Lincoln, focuses on the rehabilitation of the reputation of Lincoln's law partner William Herndon, whose correspondence with Lincoln's friends and acquaintances in the two decades following the assassination created an invaluable archive of primary observances on the inner Lincoln, especially during the early years. Although some Lincoln scholars on occasion shamelessly dismissed Billy Herndon as a garrulous drunk with a vendetta against Mary Todd Lincoln, Wilson's exhaustive research into Herndon's life and methodology reveals a man sufficiently sober to reign as a civic leader in Springfield and one obsessed with historical truth and alarmed by portrayal of his friend and partner as a plaster saint. Wilson argues persuasively that Lincoln's loss of Ann Rutledge, resultant bouts of melancholy bordering on mental illness, and a troubled courtship with Mary Todd that led to a stormy marriage are not figments of mythic imagination, but rather are keys to the soul of the developing statesman. In tandem with the volume of primary source material Herndon's Informants (CH, Apr'98), this book provides a valuable window on the essential Lincoln. All levels. R. A. Fischer University of Minnesota--Duluth
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Table of Contents
The Frigate and the Frugal Chariot: Jefferson and Lincoln as Readersp. 3
Herndon's Legacyp. 21
William H. Herndon and the "Necessary Truth"p. 37
Abraham Lincoln versus Peter Cartwrightp. 55
Abraham Lincoln, Ann Rutledge, and the Evidence of Herndon's Informantsp. 74
Abraham Lincoln and "That Fatal First of January"p. 99
Abraham Lincoln and the "Spirit of Mortal"p. 133
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: An Unfinished Textp. 151
Lincoln's Declarationp. 166
Indexp. 183
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