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Abraham Lincoln Man and Myth

Abraham Lincoln Man and Myth - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0155056992

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ISBN13: 978-0155056992
ISBN10: 0155056999
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press
Published: 2000
International: No

Abraham Lincoln Man and Myth - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0155056992

James T. Baker

ISBN13: 978-0155056992
ISBN10: 0155056999
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press
Published: 2000
International: No

The third title in the Creators of the American Mind Series, Abraham Lincoln: The Man and the Myth, provides an accurate but novel approach to Lincoln and his place in American history. This book presents Lincoln as a man, a flesh-and-blood individual, by letting him speak for himself and by providing comments about him by his contemporaries as well as by Lincoln scholars who have studied him from various historical perspectives. The book places Lincoln in historical perspective by following his rise through nineteenth-century history and politics, his conduct of the Civil War while he was president, the act of emancipation of the slaves, his assassination and its effects on the nation, his posthumous elevation to a central place in American political mythology, all using contemporary documents and the writings of Lincoln scholars. This book is in-depth enough to present a complete picture of Lincoln the Man and the Myth yet brief enough to serve as a supplement to a larger textbook on American history.

  • Demonstrates through the words of poets and orators as well as the assessments of historians, how Lincoln, after his tragic death, came to reflect the highest ideals of the Americans who followed him. How he became a Creator of the American Mind.
  • The text offers, at appropriate intervals, analyses of the material being examined, summations of that material, and questions that teachers and students may use for responsive, reflective essays or discussions of the material.
  • Featured at the end of the book are a number of topics for extended essays and/or term papers on all of the materials in the book.
  • The text provides a selected annotated bibliography on Lincoln so that students may dig more deeply into areas of Lincoln's life covered briefly or merely suggested in the book.

Table of Contents


I. Lincoln the Man

The Image
Young Man Lincoln
Lincoln as Husband and Father
Lincoln the Lawyer
Lincoln in Congress and his "Mid-life Crisis:" The Burlingame Thesis
Road to the White House
"A House Divided" 1858
Debating Douglas 1858
Cooper-Union Address 1860
A Summation: Growth and Opportunity
Questions for Responsive Essays

II. Lincoln the President

The Election of 1860
Leaving Illinois
The First Inaugural Address 1861
President Abraham Lincoln
A More Perfect Union: The Gettysburg Address
Toward the Future: The Second Inaugural Address 1865
Lincoln's Death and Transformation
"Quest for Immortality:" The Anderson Thesis
A Summation: Wit and Conviction
Questions for Responsive Essays

III. Lincoln the Liberator

Young Lincoln on Slavery
The Trek to Emancipation: A Recreation by Stephen Oates
An Address to Freedmen
Nearing Emancipation: Oates Continues
The Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln's Deepest Motives: The Burlingame Thesis Continued
Contemporary White Reactions to the Emancipation
A Northern View: Charles Sumner
A Southern View: Jefferson Davis
Freedmen's Responses to the Emancipator
Frederick Douglass 1876
Booker T. Washington 1909
Twentieth Century Assessments of the Emancipator
John Hope Franklin
Stephen Oates
A Summation: Pressure and Courage
Questions for Responsive Essays

IV. Lincoln the Redeemer

The American "Political Religion"
Lincoln's Own Religious Faith
Lincoln in the Role of High Priest: The Thurow Thesis
Lincoln in the Role of Redeemer: The Bellah Thesis
Creators of the Redeemer Lincoln
The Poets
Walt Whitman
William Cullen Bryant
Herman Melville
Edmund Stedman
Edwin Markham
James Whitcomb Riley
Vachel Lindsay
The Orators
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Woodrow Wilson
Mario Cuomo
A Summation: Lincoln and the Future

Questions for Responsive Essays
Suggested Topics for Papers on Lincoln
Selected Annotated Bibliography
Credits & Acknowledgments

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