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The Resource A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849, Sidney Blumenthal

A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849, Sidney Blumenthal

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A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849
Title
A self-made man
Title remainder
the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849
Statement of responsibility
Sidney Blumenthal
Title variation
Political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849
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Language
eng
Summary
"The first of a multi-volume history of Lincoln as a political genius--from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War dreams of Reconstruction. This first volume traces Lincoln from his painful youth, describing himself as 'a slave,' to his emergence as the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln. From his youth as a 'newsboy,' a voracious newspaper reader, Lincoln became a free thinker, reading Tom Paine, as well as Shakespeare and the Bible, and studying Euclid to sharpen his arguments as a lawyer. Lincoln's anti-slavery thinking began in his childhood amidst the Primitive Baptist antislavery dissidents in backwoods Kentucky and Indiana, the roots of his repudiation of Southern Christian pro-slavery theology. Intensely ambitious, he held political aspirations from his earliest years. Obsessed with Stephen Douglas, his political rival, he battled him for decades. Successful as a circuit lawyer, Lincoln built his team of loyalists. Blumenthal reveals how Douglas and Jefferson Davis acting together made possible Lincoln's rise. Blumenthal describes a socially awkward suitor who had a nervous breakdown over his inability to deal with the opposite sex. His marriage to the upper class Mary Todd was crucial to his social aspirations and his political career. Blumenthal portrays Mary as an asset to her husband, a rare woman of her day with strong political opinions. He discloses the impact on Lincoln's anti-slavery convictions when handling his wife's legal case to recover her father's fortune in which he discovered her cousin was a slave. Blumenthal's robust portrayal is based on prodigious research of Lincoln's record and of the period and its main players. It reflects both Lincoln's time and the struggle that consumes our own political debate"--
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individual biography
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Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849, Sidney Blumenthal
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Timeline -- Cast of Characters -- The Slave -- The Reader -- The Age of Reason -- The Slasher -- Paradise Lost -- Old Man Eloquent -- The Springfield Lyceum -- The Rivals -- The Romance -- The Prophet -- The Duelist -- Coup d'Etat -- Infidels -- Great Expectations -- Ranchero Spotty -- The Hayseed -- The Firm -- The Spoils -- A Hundred Keys
Control code
sky2ocm79219413
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 556 pages
Isbn
9781476777252
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015027339
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849, Sidney Blumenthal
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Timeline -- Cast of Characters -- The Slave -- The Reader -- The Age of Reason -- The Slasher -- Paradise Lost -- Old Man Eloquent -- The Springfield Lyceum -- The Rivals -- The Romance -- The Prophet -- The Duelist -- Coup d'Etat -- Infidels -- Great Expectations -- Ranchero Spotty -- The Hayseed -- The Firm -- The Spoils -- A Hundred Keys
Control code
sky2ocm79219413
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 556 pages
Isbn
9781476777252
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015027339
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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