The Lincoln Enigma
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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 legacy.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 154.9 x 234.4 x 23.9mm | 512.57g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195156269
  • 9780195156263

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The Lincoln Enigma turns out to be a provocative, thoughtful consideration of two aspects of this astonishingly interesting man: his capacity to be all things to all people and the deep mystery at the very core of him. * Jonathan Yardly, The Washington Post * ... any reader interested in iconographic processes will find something of interest here. * American Studies Today *show more

About Gabor S. Boritt

Gabor S. Boritt is Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His books include The Gettysburg Nobody Knows and Jefferson Davis's Generals.show more

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