Abraham Lincoln and a nation worth fighting for /
James A. Rawley.
Wheeling, Ill. : Harlan Davidson, c1996.
xi, 242 p. : ill., maps ; 19 cm.
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Wheeling, Ill. : Harlan Davidson, c1996.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-234) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-11-01:
Rawley (emeritus, Univ. of Nebraska), author of several important Civil War books, focuses squarely on an inexhaustible subject. In this biographical study, only an introductory chapter discusses Abraham Lincoln's life before his election as president. Rawley emphasizes Lincoln's single-minded dedication to winning the war and explains how he shaped policy decisions for that purpose. Rawley's repeated commendation of his hero may disconcert even some Lincoln devotees. In some respects his work deserves comparison with T. Harry Williams's Lincoln and His Generals (1952), but Rawley's broader purpose comprehends the politics of emancipation and Reconstruction as well as purely military decisions. Mark E. Neely's The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America (CH, Mar'94), a slightly more compact study emphasizing political history, may provide more balance, depth, and subtlety. Both are essentially unannotated; Neely provides better clues to sources than Rawley. But why choose? Rawley's Lincoln is presumably designed to supplement college-level history courses. Lincoln biographies have recently proliferated to match burgeoning popular interest. Rawley's book will also attract readers in both general and research libraries. J. Y. Simon Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
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Table of Contents
Introduction to the New Editionp. vii
Introduction and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Brief Chronologyp. xiv
The Path to the Presidencyp. 1
"The Union is Perpetual"p. 35
"We Know How to Save the Union": Congress and the Commander-in-Chiefp. 62
The War Enters Its Second Yearp. 90
"There Are Those Who Are Dissatisfied with Me."p. 113
"From These Honored Dead": Fredericksburg through Gettysburgp. 138
"The Signs Look Better": Reconstruction, Relentlessness, and Reelectionp. 164
"With Malice toward None"p. 199
Conclusionp. 222
Bibliographical Essayp. 230
Indexp. 235
The Eastern Theaterp. 136
The Western Theaterp. 137
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