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Abraham Lincoln's world : how riverboats, railroads, and Republicans transformed America /
Thomas Crump.
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London ; New York : Continuum, 2009.
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xv, 272 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1847250572 (hbk.), 9781847250575 (hbk.)
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London ; New York : Continuum, 2009.
isbn
1847250572 (hbk.)
9781847250575 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6916444
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-262) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-02-01:
Though appearing on the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, this work spends little time shaping a biography of Lincoln or delving into his speeches or writings. Instead, it traces the geographic, demographic, political, and economic development of the US roughly during the period of Lincoln's life (1809-65). No overarching thesis informs the work. The organization is mainly chronological, but separate chapters examine the US just after the Louisiana Purchase, British and Spanish America, Illinois, the growth of the cotton South, California in the gold rush, Bleeding Kansas, and the riverboat and railroad systems. Two chapters look briefly at Lincoln's career--his brief stint in Washington, DC, as a congressional representative from Illinois (1847-49) and then his four years as president. The work might serve as a textbook survey of the early republic, antebellum, and Civil War years if not for poor editing, which can be confusing at best and contradictory at worst. Missing words, facts repeated many times within and between chapters, and frequent references to other chapters all mar the narrative. The author cites selected secondary sources, old and new, and a collection of Lincoln's speeches. Summing Up: Not recommended. K. Gedge West Chester University of Pennsylvania
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This is an engaging study of Lincoln and how he shaped a nation. It examines how the US was transformed - politically, economically, geographically and socially - during Lincoln's life, and how he adapted to these changes and gave them a new direction.
Long Description
A unique look at the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century A braham Lincoln's World describes not only important new developments during Lincoln's life-time, but also relates them ” and other key events ” to the appropriate historical and geographical context. There are chapters devoted to Missouri, California, Kansas, Texas and the deep south, and to Illinois, Lincoln's own home-state. The book's final chapter focuses on Lincoln's four years (1861-65) in the White House, but it also describes how Lincoln won both the presidential race and the war that then followed, almost inevitably, as a result of this victory. Thomas Crump also examines how the United States was transformed -- politically, economically, geographically and socially -- during Lincoln's life and how more than anyone else, he adapted to these changes and gave them a new direction. Crump's portrait of Lincoln's America shows how institutions, places and people changed during Lincoln's lifetime and how by the time of his death the country was on the verge of a great breakthrough. Written with clarity and insight this is an engaging account of the true beginnings of the modern United States.
Long Description
A unique look at the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century A braham Lincoln's World describes not only important new developments during Lincoln's life-time, but also relates them ” and other key events ” to the appropriate historical and geographical context. There are chapters devoted to Missouri, California, Kansas, Texas and the deep south, and to Illinois, Lincoln's own home-state. The book's final chapter focuses on Lincoln's four years (1861-65) in the White House, but it also describes how Lincoln won both the presidential race and the war that then followed, almost inevitably, as a result of this victory. Thomas Crump also examines how the United States was transformed politically, economically, geographically and socially during Lincoln's life and how more than anyone else, he adapted to these changes and gave them a new direction. Crump's portrait of Lincoln's America shows how institutions, places and people changed during Lincoln's lifetime and how by the time of his death the country was on the verge of a great breakthrough. Written with clarity and insight this is an engaging account of the true beginnings of the modern United States. >
Main Description
An engaging study of Lincoln and how he shaped a nation.
Main Description
A unique look at the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century " " "A""braham Lincoln's World "describes not only important new developments during Lincoln's life-time, but also relates them and other key events to the appropriate historical and geographical context. There are chapters devoted to Missouri, California, Kansas, Texas and the deep south, and to Illinois, Lincoln's own home-state. The book's final chapter focuses on Lincoln's four years (1861-65) in the White House, but it also describes how Lincoln won both the presidential race and the war that then followed, almost inevitably, as a result of this victory. Thomas Crump also examines how the United States was transformed politically, economically, geographically and socially during Lincoln's life and how more than anyone else, he adapted to these changes and gave them a new direction. Crump's portrait of Lincoln's America shows how institutions, places and people changed during Lincoln's lifetime and how by the time of his death the country was on the verge of a great breakthrough. Written with clarity and insight this is an engaging account of the true beginnings of the modern United States.
Main Description
A unique look at the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century A braham Lincoln's World describes not only important new developments during Lincoln's life-time, but also relates them - and other key events- to the appropriate historical and geographical context. There are chapters devoted to Missouri, California, Kansas, Texas and the deep south, and to Illinois, Lincoln's own home-state. The book's final chapter focuses on Lincoln's four years (1861-65) in the White House, but it also describes how Lincoln won both the presidential race and the war that then followed, almost inevitably, as a result of this victory. Thomas Crump also examines how the United States was transformed - politically, economically, geographically and socially - during Lincoln's life and how more than anyone else, he adapted to these changes and gave them a new direction. Crump's portrait of Lincoln's America shows how institutions, places and people changed during Lincoln's lifetime and how by the time of his death the country was on the verge of a great breakthrough. Written with clarity and insight this is an engaging account of the true beginnings of the modern United States.
Main Description
A unique look at the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century A braham Lincoln's World describes not only important new developments during Lincoln's life-time, but also relates them and other key events to the appropriate historical and geographical context. There are chapters devoted to Missouri, California, Kansas, Texas and the deep south, and to Illinois, Lincoln's own home-state. The book's final chapter focuses on Lincoln's four years (1861-65) in the White House, but it also describes how Lincoln won both the presidential race and the war that then followed, almost inevitably, as a result of this victory. Thomas Crump also examines how the United States was transformed - politically, economically, geographically and socially - during Lincoln's life and how more than anyone else, he adapted to these changes and gave them a new direction. Crump's portrait of Lincoln's America shows how institutions, places and people changed during Lincoln's lifetime and how by the time of his death the country was on the verge of a great breakthrough. Written with clarity and insight this is an engaging account of the true beginnings of the modern United States.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The American Scene in 1809p. 1
The American Riverboatp. 21
The British Connectionp. 35
Spanish America: Independence and the Monroe Doctrinep. 51
Illinois: Land of Lincolnp. 73
King Cottonp. 95
The Missouri Compromisep. 109
Railroadsp. 125
California Strikes Goldp. 139
Washington: 1847-1849p. 163
Bleeding Kansasp. 183
Republicans and Rebelsp. 213
Endnotesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 263
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