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

By William E. Gienapp

In Abraham Lincoln and Civil conflict 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 conflict, Gienapp starts off with a finely etched portrait of Lincoln's youth, from pioneer farm boy to flesh presser and attorney in Springfield, to his wonderful election as 16th president of the us. scholars will see how Lincoln grew in the course of his years in workplace, how he built a prepared flair for army procedure and displayed huge, immense ability in facing his generals, and the way his struggle procedure developed from a wish to safeguard the Union to emancipation and overall conflict.

Gienapp exhibits how Lincoln's early years inspired his abilities as commander-in-chief and demonstrates that, during the stresses of the conflict years, Lincoln's easy personality shone via: his stable will and basic decency, his striking self-confidence matched with actual humility, his immunity to the passions and hatreds the battle spawned, his striking persistence, and his undying devotion.
A former backwoodsman and state legal professional, Abraham Lincoln rose to develop into certainly one of our best presidents. This biography deals a bright account of Lincoln's dramatic ascension to the head of yank background.

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To make sure his father could support himself, Lincoln bought his father’s farm and deeded it back to him for life, but otherwise he did not extend himself financially to aid his parents. In 1851 John Johnston, his stepbrother, wrote informing him that his father was dying and wanted to see his son one last time. Lincoln’s estrangement from his father had not lessened with time, and he declined to come. ” When Thomas passed away five days later, in January 1851, Lincoln did not attend the funeral, and he took no steps during his lifetime to mark his father’s grave.

Lincoln boarded at her father’s tavern from time to time and got to know her quite well. Ann was engaged to John McNeil, but this fact probably facilitated their developing friendship, since Lincoln was always more at ease around unavailable women. In the fall of 1833, McNeil confessed to Ann that his real name was McNamar and explained that he had to go to New York to deal with some family matters. McNamar’s story aroused suspicion among New Salem residents, and as Lincoln knew from his position as postmaster, he eventually ceased to write Ann.

While this statement fell far short of abolitionist ideals, it was, nevertheless, a courageous public act. Antislavery sentiment was weak in Illinois, and Lincoln had nothing to gain politically by taking such a stand. By now Lincoln’s ambitions had outgrown New Salem, and when the legislature adjourned, he returned simply to collect his belongings. The previous fall he had passed the bar exam with surprising ease and on September 9, 1836, received his license to practice law. John Stuart, a prominent attorney in Springfield as well as a fellow Whig legislator, had oVered to take him on as a junior partner, and in any case New Salem did not have enough legal business to support him.

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