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Lincoln lessons : reflections on America's greatest leader /
edited by Frank J. Williams and William D. Pederson.
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Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2009.
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vii, 184 p.
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0809328917 (alk. paper), 9780809328918 (alk. paper)
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Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c2009.
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0809328917 (alk. paper)
9780809328918 (alk. paper)
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6716433
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Jean H. Baker Mario M. Cuomo Joan Flinspach Sara Vaughn Gabbard Doris Kearns Goodwin Harold Holzer Harry V. Jaffa John F. Marszalek James M. McPherson Edna Greene Medford Sandra Day OConnor Mackubin Thomas Owens William D. Pederson Edward Steers Jr. Craig L. Symonds Thomas Reed Turner Frank J. Williams
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-04-15:
Coeditors Williams (chief justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island; Judging Lincoln) and Pederson (director, International Lincoln Ctr., Louisiana St. Univ., Shreveport; Grassroots Constitutionalism) hit upon an intriguing idea by asking various prominent Lincoln scholars (e.g., Doris Kearns Goodwin, James M. McPherson) and other notables who have studied him closely (e.g., Sandra Day O'Connor, Mario M. Cuomo) to relate how they first "met" Lincoln and how they've approached him. The result is a book that combines, in varying degrees, autobiography and argument. If a thematic thread runs throughout, it is that Lincoln demanded explanation, for he stood at the center of so many essential questions about America-the purpose and prospects of freedom, the nature of democracy, the qualities of great leadership, the limits of government, and America's place in the world. Some of the arguments here are distillations of ideas presented in fuller form elsewhere, and none of them will surprise any close student of Lincoln. Still, together, they remind us why Lincoln has such a powerful grip on the American imagination. [William D. Pederson is a longtime book reviewer in history and law for LJ.-Ed.]-Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Coeditors Williams (chief justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island; Judging Lincoln) and Pederson (director, International Lincoln Ctr., Louisiana St. Univ., Shreveport; Grassroots Constitutionalism) hit upon an intriguing idea by asking various prominent Lincoln scholars (e.g., Doris Kearns Goodwin, James M. McPherson) and other notables who have studied him closely (e.g., Sandra Day O''Connor, Mario M. Cuomo) to relate how they first "met" Lincoln and how they''ve approached him. The result is a book that combines, in varying degrees, autobiography and argument. If a thematic thread runs throughout, it is that Lincoln demanded explanation, for he stood at the center of so many essential questions about America-the purpose and prospects of freedom, the nature of democracy, the qualities of great leadership, the limits of government, and America''s place in the world. Some of the arguments here are distillations of ideas presented in fuller form elsewhere, and none of them will surprise any close student of Lincoln. Still, together, they remind us why Lincoln has such a powerful grip on the American imagination.
Coeditors Williams (chief justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island; Judging Lincoln) and Pederson (director, International Lincoln Ctr., Louisiana St. Univ., Shreveport; Grassroots Constitutionalism) hit upon an intriguing idea by asking various prominent Lincoln scholars (e.g., Doris Kearns Goodwin, James M. McPherson) and other notables who have studied him closely (e.g., Sandra Day O''Connor, Mario M. Cuomo) to relate how they first "met" Lincoln and how they''ve approached him. The result is a book that combines, in varying degrees, autobiography and argument. If a thematic thread runs throughout, it is that Lincoln demanded explanation, for he stood at the center of so many essential questions about Americathe purpose and prospects of freedom, the nature of democracy, the qualities of great leadership, the limits of government, and America''s place in the world. Some of the arguments here are distillations of ideas presented in fuller form elsewhere, and none of them will surprise any close student of Lincoln. Still, together, they remind us why Lincoln has such a powerful grip on the American imagination.
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This title provides personal reflections on Lincoln's life and legacy. The essays shed light on Lincoln's ability to lead and inspire 200 years after his birth.
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Contributors Book jacket.
Main Description
InLincoln Lessons, seventeen of today's most respected academics, historians, lawyers, and politicians provide candid reflections on the importance of Abraham Lincoln in their intellectual lives. Their essays, gathered by editors Frank J. Williams and William D. Pederson, shed new light on this political icon's remarkable ability to lead and inspire two hundred years after his birth. Collected here are glimpses into Lincoln's unique ability to transform enemies into steadfast allies, his deeply ingrained sense of morality and intuitive understanding of humanity, his civil deification as the first assassinated American president, and his controversial suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War. The contributors also discuss Lincoln's influence on today's emerging democracies, his lasting impact on African American history, and his often-overlooked international legendhis power to instigate change beyond the boundaries of his native nation. While some contributors provide a scholarly look at Lincoln and some take a more personal approach, all explore his formative influence in their lives. What emerges is the true history of his legacy in the form of first-person testaments from those whom he has touched deeply. Lincoln Lessonsbrings together some of the best voices of our time in a unique combination of memoir and history. This singular volume of original essays is a tribute to the enduring inspirational powers of an extraordinary man whose courage and leadership continue to change lives today. Contributors Jean H. Baker Mario M. Cuomo Joan L. Flinspach Sara Vaughn Gabbard Doris Kearns Goodwin Harold Holzer Harry V. Jaffa John F. Marszalek James M. McPherson Edna Greene Medford Sandra Day O'Connor Mackubin Thomas Owens William D. Pederson Edward Steers Jr. Craig L. Symonds Thomas Reed Turner Frank J. Williams
Main Description
In Lincoln Lessons , seventeen of today's most respected academics, historians, lawyers, and politicians provide candid reflections on the importance of Abraham Lincoln in their intellectual lives. Their essays, gathered by editors Frank J. Williams and William D. Pederson, shed new light on this political icon's remarkable ability to lead and inspire two hundred years after his birth. Collected here are glimpses into Lincoln's unique ability to transform enemies into steadfast allies, his deeply ingrained sense of morality and intuitive understanding of humanity, his civil deification as the first assassinated American president, and his controversial suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War. The contributors also discuss Lincoln's influence on today's emerging democracies, his lasting impact on African American history, and his often-overlooked international legend--his power to instigate change beyond the boundaries of his native nation. While some contributors provide a scholarly look at Lincoln and some take a more personal approach, all explore his formative influence in their lives. What emerges is the true history of his legacy in the form of first-person testaments from those whom he has touched deeply. Lincoln Lessons brings together some of the best voices of our time in a unique combination of memoir and history. This singular volume of original essays is a tribute to the enduring inspirational powers of an extraordinary man whose courage and leadership continue to change lives today. Contributors Jean H. Baker Mario M. Cuomo Joan L. Flinspach Sara Vaughn Gabbard Doris Kearns Goodwin Harold Holzer Harry V. Jaffa John F. Marszalek James M. McPherson Edna Greene Medford Sandra Day O'Connor Mackubin Thomas Owens William D. Pederson Edward Steers Jr. Craig L. Symonds Thomas Reed Turner Frank J. Williams
Main Description
In Lincoln Lessons , seventeen of today's most respected academics, historians, lawyers, and politicians provide candid reflections on the importance of Abraham Lincoln in their intellectual lives. Their essays, gathered by editors Frank J. Williams and William D. Pederson, shed new light on this political icon's remarkable ability to lead and inspire two hundred years after his birth. Collected here are glimpses into Lincoln's unique ability to transform enemies into steadfast allies, his deeply ingrained sense of morality and intuitive understanding of humanity, his civil deification as the first assassinated American president, and his controversial suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War. The contributors also discuss Lincoln's influence on today's emerging democracies, his lasting impact on African American history, and his often-overlooked international legendhis power to instigate change beyond the boundaries of his native nation. While some contributors provide a scholarly look at Lincoln and some take a more personal approach, all explore his formative influence in their lives. What emerges is the true history of his legacy in the form of first-person testaments from those whom he has touched deeply. Lincoln Lessons brings together some of the best voices of our time in a unique combination of memoir and history. This singular volume of original essays is a tribute to the enduring inspirational powers of an extraordinary man whose courage and leadership continue to change lives today. Contributors Jean H. Baker Mario M. Cuomo Joan L. Flinspach Sara Vaughn Gabbard Doris Kearns Goodwin Harold Holzer Harry V. Jaffa John F. Marszalek James M. McPherson Edna Greene Medford Sandra Day O'Connor Mackubin Thomas Owens William D. Pederson Edward Steers Jr. Craig L. Symonds Thomas Reed Turner Frank J. Williams
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Getting Right with Mary Lincoln; or, How a First Lady Taught Me to Be Feministp. 4
Lincoln on Democracyp. 18
A View from the Lincoln Editor Museump. 23
The Evolution of a Lincoln Editorp. 28
Transforming Foes to Allies: The Political Alchemy of Lincolnp. 32
The Lincoln Visual Image: A Personal Journey of Discoveryp. 41
A Political Philosopher's Defense of Lincolnp. 55
Lincoln thought the Eyes of a Civil War and Civil Rights Historianp. 65
Lincoln's Legacy for Our Timep. 75
Lincoln and African American Memoryp. 91
Suspension of Habeas Corpusp. 101
Lincoln and the Meaning of Equality: How I Become a "lost Cause" Apostatep. 110
Crossing Borders to and International Lincolnp. 122
Tell Me What You Want to Believe, and I'II Tell You What You Will Believep. 130
Sixteen Feet Tall: Abraham Lincoln and Historyp. 140
Historian, Editor, and the Assassination Legacyp. 151
The Compleat Lincolnator: Enthusiast, Collector, and scholarp. 160
Selected Bibliography of Works by Contriburotsp. 169
Contiburotsp. 173
Photo Creditsp. 175
Indexp. 177
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