A self-made man: the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849

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"The first of a multi-volume history of Lincoln as a political genius--from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War dreams of Reconstruction. This first volume traces Lincoln from his painful youth, describing himself as 'a slave, ' to his emergence as the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln. From his youth as a 'newsboy, ' a voracious newspaper reader, Lincoln became a free thinker, reading Tom Paine, as well as Shakespeare and the Bible, and studying Euclid to sharpen his arguments as a lawyer. Lincoln's anti-slavery thinking began in his childhood amidst the Primitive Baptist antislavery dissidents in backwoods Kentucky and Indiana, the roots of his repudiation of Southern Christian pro-slavery theology. Intensely ambitious, he held political aspirations from his earliest years. Obsessed with Stephen Douglas, his political rival, he battled him for decades. Successful as a circuit lawyer, Lincoln built his team of loyalists. Blumenthal reveals how Douglas and Jefferson Davis acting together made possible Lincoln's rise. Blumenthal describes a socially awkward suitor who had a nervous breakdown over his inability to deal with the opposite sex. His marriage to the upper class Mary Todd was crucial to his social aspirations and his political career. Blumenthal portrays Mary as an asset to her husband, a rare woman of her day with strong political opinions. He discloses the impact on Lincoln's anti-slavery convictions when handling his wife's legal case to recover her father's fortune in which he discovered her cousin was a slave. Blumenthal's robust portrayal is based on prodigious research of Lincoln's record and of the period and its main players. It reflects both Lincoln's time and the struggle that consumes our own political debate"--
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subject_facet Illinois -- Politics and government -- To 1865, Lawyers -- Illinois -- Springfield -- Biography, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Childhood and youth, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Marriage, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Political and social views, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Political career before 1861, Politicians -- Illinois -- Biography, Presidents -- United States -- Biography, United States -- Politics and government -- 1815-1861
title_display A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849
title_full A Self-Made Man The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809 – 1849, A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849 / Sidney Blumenthal
title_short A self-made man :
title_sub the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Childhood and youth, History, Lawyers, Lincoln, Abraham, Marriage, Nonfiction, Political and social views, Political career before 1861, Politicians, Politics and government, Presidents