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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

Label
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
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In order to become a great man, Abraham Lincoln first had to become a politician. In his epic biography, Sidney Blumenthal, one of America's foremost political analysts, presents a revelatory portrait of Lincoln the politician. The story begins with Lincoln's painful childhood, a time he remembered as his father's slave, and describes his determined emergence as the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln. His early years, among antislavery Baptists in backwoods Kentucky and Indiana, planted the roots of his repudiation of slavery and pro-slavery theology. Lincoln became a freethinker, absorbing Thomas Paine as well as Shakespeare and the Bible. The young man held political aspirations from his earliest years, focusing on Stephen A. Douglas, his political rival, whom he would battle for decades. Elected to Congress, Lincoln opposed the Mexican War; supported the Wilmot Proviso, which banned slavery in territories taken from Mexico; and engaged enthusiastically in partisan politics that led to the Civil War. He was thrust into the political wilderness after one term and came to understand what was at stake for the nation in the crisis of slavery. Blumenthal describes Lincoln as an awkward suitor. His marriage to the upper-class Mary Todd was important to his social standing and rising political career. Mary was an asset to her husband, a rare woman of her day who had strong political opinions. She saw Lincoln's raw potential and married him over her family's objections. Blumenthal's vivid account of Lincoln's early years is based on prodigious research. It places Lincoln squarely in the politics of this tumultuous period. --From dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blumenthal, Sidney
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Politicians
  • Lawyers
  • Presidents
  • Illinois
  • United States
Label
A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849, Sidney Blumenthal
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [463]-523) and index
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'état -- Infidels -- Great expectations -- Ranchero Spotty -- The hayseed -- The firm -- The spoils -- A hundred keys
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 556 pages
Isbn
9781476777252
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015027339
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)883146704
  • (OCoLC)ocn883146704
  • 771742
Label
A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849, Sidney Blumenthal
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [463]-523) and index
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'état -- Infidels -- Great expectations -- Ranchero Spotty -- The hayseed -- The firm -- The spoils -- A hundred keys
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
xv, 556 pages
Isbn
9781476777252
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015027339
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)883146704
  • (OCoLC)ocn883146704
  • 771742

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