The Connell Short Guide to President Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln occupies a sanctified position in American political life, consistently ranked among the best presidents. He led the United States through the civil war, abolished slavery and redefined his country’s role in the world. His assassination at the end of the civil war sent shockwaves round the world. But Lincoln is also an enigma – as hard to pin down temperamentally as he is politically – which is perhaps why he remains such a source of fascination for historians today.

ISBN-paperback: 978-1-911187-64-6

Introduction

What was Lincoln’s early life like?

Early years in politics: why was he a Whig?

What did he do in the House of Representatives?

What brought Lincoln back into politics?

How did he become a spokesman for “free labour”?

As President, how did Lincoln react to secession and the outbreak of Civil War?

Why did he issue the Emancipation Proclamation?

Did he support the deportation of blacks?

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