Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America: A Biography by William E. Gienapp

By William E. Gienapp

In Abraham Lincoln and Civil battle America, historian William Gienapp presents a remarkably concise, updated, and colourful biography of the main respected determine in usa background. whereas the center of the publication specializes in the Civil battle, Gienapp starts with a finely etched portrait of Lincoln's adolescence, from pioneer farm boy to baby-kisser and legal professional in Springfield, to his beautiful election as 16th president of the us. scholars will see how Lincoln grew in the course of his years in place of work, how he constructed a prepared flair for army method and displayed huge, immense ability in facing his generals, and the way his warfare technique developed from a wish to protect the Union to emancipation and overall warfare.

Gienapp exhibits how Lincoln's early years encouraged his abilities as commander-in-chief and demonstrates that, during the stresses of the conflict years, Lincoln's simple personality shone via: his strong will and basic decency, his impressive self-confidence matched with actual humility, his immunity to the passions and hatreds the warfare spawned, his outstanding persistence, and his undying devotion.
A former backwoodsman and state attorney, Abraham Lincoln rose to develop into considered one of our best presidents. This biography bargains a bright account of Lincoln's dramatic ascension to the top of yank background.

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He faithfully attended sessions, worked hard on the committees to which he was assigned, and answered most roll calls. Even so, as a newcomer, he made little impression on experienced members. Lincoln had a greater impact on President-making, an activity that always dominated Congress in a national election year. He joined a group of younger Whig members in promoting the candidacy of Zachary Taylor, a hero of the Mexican War, who won the Whig nomination in June. Lincoln worked hard for the national ticket, including making a campaign swing through New England, and was pleased when Taylor was elected in November, though as expected he failed to carry Illinois.

Thwarted Ambition 29 His main interest, however, was politics. Lincoln was a product of the intensely partisan world of the mid-nineteenth century. In these years parties were considered vital to the health of the Republic, mass interest was extraordinarily high, and partisanship was pronounced at all levels of government. Newspapers were openly partisan and regularly impaled the opposition, and party members reaYrmed their loyalty at countless parades, barbecues, and party rallies. This was the political world that Abraham Lincoln came of age in and, more importantly, functioned in.

As a Whig, he was in the minority, and as a newcomer, he was given only a minor committee assignment. The session, for which he received $258 in compensation, was essentially a learning experience. But it did confirm one thing in Lincoln’s mind: His commitment to being a lawyer was strengthened, and when he returned to New Salem, he resumed his legal self-study, while continuing to work as postmaster and surveyor. With a new sense of direction in his life, he became less shy and awkward around women (though never really at ease), and began to pay particular attention to Ann Rutledge, the young daughter of a New Salem tavernkeeper.

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