We Cannot Escape History : Lincoln and the Last Best Hope of Earth
A who's who of Lincoln scholars explores why Lincoln considered the Union the "last best hope of earth", and how his words and deeds have continued to shape the nation through modern times. Focusing on Lincoln's view of American history and his legacy for the United States and the world, this volume demonstrates the complexity of the problems Lincoln faced and the genius of his leadership in preserving the nation while purging it of slavery.
- Hardback | 184 pages
- 149.86 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 430.91g
- 01 Dec 1995
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"[A] briskly readable inspection of current concerns in the field [ranging] broadly from standard views of familiar topics to innovative explorations." -- John Y. Simon, American Historical Review "This group of distinguished scholars, brought together by James McPherson, demonstrates the utility of looking at old problems anew... We Cannot Escape History is a valuable book for students of American politics and the Civil War." -- Wallace T. Hettle, Georgia Historical Quarterly "[These essays] open many new perspectives on Lincoln's thoughts about slavery, nationalism, democracy, equality, war, and peace... [A] fine set of essays." -- Robert J. Havlik, H-Net Book Reviews "Uniformly excellent ... this collection's variety should sate readers with an unslakable thirst for Lincoln and tempt former tipplers at the always flowing Lincolniana biblio-tap." -- Booklist