By David Herbert Donald
A groundbreaking reassessment of the lifestyles and instances of America’s such a lot respected president from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of Lincoln
First released in 1956 and revised and up to date for the twenty-first century, Lincoln Reconsidered is a masterpiece of Civil conflict scholarship. In a dozen eloquent, witty, and incisive essays, the writer of the definitive biography of Abraham Lincoln deals a clean standpoint on subject matters formerly shrouded in fantasy and hagiography and brings the president’s tough-mindedness, strategic acumen, and political flexibility into sharp focus.
From Lincoln’s patchwork schooling to his contradictory interpretations of the structure and the legacy of the Founding Fathers, David Herbert Donald finds the criminal brain at the back of the legend of the good Emancipator. “Toward a Reconsideration of the Abolitionists” sheds new gentle at the radicalism of the antislavery move, whereas “Herndon and Mary Lincoln” brilliantly characterizes the complex courting among of the president’s closest partners. “Getting correct with Lincoln” and “The Folklore Lincoln” draw at the tools of cultural anthropology to provide a provocative research of Lincoln as symbol.
No historian has performed extra to reinforce our realizing of Lincoln’s presidency and the motives and results of the Civil warfare than Donald. Lincoln Reconsidered is an exciting and available advent to his paintings and a must-read for each pupil of yank background.
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Additional resources for Lincoln Reconsidered: Essays on the Civil War Era
Albert J. Beveridge, Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1858 (1928), I, 70–77, supplies an entire account of Lincoln’s interpreting, however it will be supplemented by way of Louis A. Warren, Lincoln’s adolescence: Indiana Years, Seven to Twenty-One, 1816–1830 (1959). Douglas L. Wilson, “What Jefferson and Lincoln Read,” Atlantic per 30 days, CCLXVII (January 1991), 151–62, is considerate. there's a lot priceless info in M. L. Houser, Lincoln’s schooling and different Essays (1957). i've got relied seriously on a great article by way of Maurice Dorfman, “Lincoln’s mathematics schooling: impact on His Life,” Lincoln usher in, LVIII (Summer 1966), 61–80. Lloyd A. Dunlap, “Lincoln’s Sum Book,’” Lincoln usher in, LXI (Spring 1959), 6–10, is additionally priceless. Lawrence A. Cremin, American schooling: The nationwide event, 1783–1876 (1980), is a masterful evaluate. Bernard Bailyn, schooling within the Forming of yank Society (1960), is critical and provocative. SIX Herndon and Mary Lincoln This essay initially seemed, in a touch various shape, in Books at Brown, XII (April 1950), and i'm indebted to the librarian of Brown collage for permission to reprint it the following. My Lincoln’s Herndon (1948) continues to be the one biography of Lincoln’s legislations associate and biographer. The fabrics he amassed for a biography of Lincoln were released in Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, eds. , Herndon’s Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements approximately Abraham Lincoln (1998). a variety of Herndon’s personal ruminations approximately Lincoln and his spouse seems to be in Emanuel Hertz, ed. , The Hidden Lincoln (1938). Herndon placed forth his exaggerated account of the Ann Rutledge tale in Abraham Lincoln. leave out Ann Rutledge. New Salem. Pioneering, and THE Poem (1866). A a bit extra confined account seemed in William H. Herndon and Jesse W. Weik, Herndon’s Lincoln: the real tale of an exceptional lifestyles (1889). notwithstanding greatly permitted by means of prior biographers, the Ann Rutledge tale got here lower than devastating feedback, so much significantly in J. G. Randall, Lincoln the President: Springfield to Gettysburg (1945), II, 321–42. Lincoln’s Herndon shared that skepticism. lately, besides the fact that, i've got come to undertake a extra tolerant view of this episode, which i've got provided in my Lincoln (1995). An difficult observe (pp. 608–9) explains the explanations for the swap and lists many of the vital contemporary literature at the topic. to appreciate Mrs. Lincoln one needs to start with Mary Todd Lincoln: Her lifestyles and Letters, ed. through Justin G. Turner and Linda Levitt Turner (1972). For the letters she and her husband exchanged, see my Lincoln at domestic: Glimpses of Lincoln’s household lifestyles (2000). the easiest biography is Jean Harvey Baker, Mary Todd Lincoln (1987). Ruth P. Randall, Mary Lincoln: Biography of a wedding (1953), is extra exact yet much less serious. W. A. Evans, Mrs. Abraham Lincoln (1932), and Katherine Helm, real tale of Mary, spouse of Lincoln (1928), include important insights. SEVEN Refighting the Civil struggle the very best writing at the army background of the Civil warfare is by means of British specialists, who've given larger cognizance to army concept.