The Lincoln Enigma

The Lincoln Enigma : The Changing Faces of an American Icon

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Nearly a century and a half after his death, Abraham Lincoln remains an intrinsic part of the American consciousness, yet his intentions as president and his personal character continue to stir debate. Now, in The Lincoln Enigma, Gabor Boritt invites renowned Lincoln scholars, and rising new voices, to take a look at much-debated aspects of Lincoln's life, including his possible gay relationships, his plan to send blacks back to Africa, and his high-handed treatment of the Constitution. Boritt explores Lincoln's proposals that looked to a lily-white America. Jean Baker marvels at Lincoln's loves and marriage. David Herbert Donald highlights the similarities and differences of the Union and Confederate presidents' roles as commanders-in-chief. Douglas Wilson shows us the young Lincoln--not the strong leader of popular history, but a young man who questions his own identity and struggles to find his purpose. Gerald Prokopowicz searches for the military leader, William C. Harris for the peacemaker, and Robert Bruce meditates on Lincoln and death. In a final chapter Boritt and Harold Holzer offer a fascinating portfolio of Lincoln images in modern art. Acute and thought-provoking in their observations, this all-star cast of historians--including two Pulitzer and three Lincoln Prize winners--questions our assumptions of Lincoln, and provides a new vitality to our ongoing reflections on his life and more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 163.1 x 242.1 x 29.7mm | 706.66g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195144589
  • 9780195144581

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Is an engaging collection of lucid essays that provides an excellent introduction to Lincoln scholarship for the general reader ... The collection contains several original and persuasive essays. The Journal of American History Contributes richly to Lincoln studies. Times Literary Supplement Each essay is a tiny gem of originality and insight; taken together, they form a splendid whole which goes as far as any single book to illuminate the Lincoln enigma. Doris Kearns Goodwin, PBS and NBC commentator, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller, No Ordinary Time, and of Wait Till Next Yearshow more

About G.S. Boritt

Gabor S. Boritt is the director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. His books include The Gettysburg Nobody more

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