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The Best American History Essays on Lincoln

  • Sean Wilentz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. General Appraisals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Hofstadter
      Pages 3-39
    3. Edmund Wilson
      Pages 41-61
  3. The Private Lincoln

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. David Herbert Donald
      Pages 87-106
    3. Jean H. Baker
      Pages 107-125
  4. Lincoln the Politician

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Richard N. Current
      Pages 129-148
  5. Lincoln, the Presidency, and the Civil War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. James M. McPherson
      Pages 207-227
    3. Mark E. Neely Jr.
      Pages 229-243
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 245-252

About this book


This new volume in the Best American History Essays series brings together classic writing from top American historians on one of our greatest presidents. Ranging from incisive assessments of his political leadership, to explorations of his enigmatic character, to reflections on the mythos that has become inseparable from the man, each of these contributions expands our understanding of Abraham Lincoln and shows why he has been such an object of enduring fascination.Contributions include:* James McPherson on Lincoln the military strategist* Richard Hofstadter on the Lincoln legend* Edmund Wilson on his contribution to American letters* John Hope Franklinon the Emancipation Proclamation* James Horton on Lincoln and race* David M. Potter on the secession* Richard Current on Lincoln's political genius* Mark Neely on Lincoln and civil liberties.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sean Wilentz
    • 1
  1. 1.Organization of American HistoriansUSA

About the editors

SEAN WILENTZ is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University, USA. He regularly writes on history and politics for publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and His most recent book is The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Best American History Essays on Lincoln
  • Authors
  • Editors S. Wilentz
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-60915-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-230-60914-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-61556-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 252
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of the Americas
    US History
    Modern History
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'Full of closely-observed commentary and genuine insight, this roundup will be appreciated most by students and serious armchair historians.' - Publishers' Weekly