The Life of Abraham Lincoln

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 471 pages
Abraham Lincoln "was a tall, spare man, with large bones, and towering up to six feet and four inches. He leaned forward, and stooped as he walked. . . . There was no grace in his movements, but an expression of awkwardness, combined with°force and vigor. By nature he was diffident, and when in crowds, not speaking and conscious of being observed, he seemed to shrink with bashfulness. . . . His forehead was broad and high, his hair was rather stiff and coarse, and nearly black, his eye-brows heavy, his eyes dark grey, clear, very expressive, and varying with every mood, now sparkling with humor and fun, then flashing with wit; stern with indignation at wrong and injustice, then kind and genial, and then again dreamy and melancholy."

Isaac N. Arnold's word picture owes everything to personal observation because he knew Abraham Lincoln well for a quarter of a century. Eventually an adviser to the sixteenth president, Arnold attended his inaugurations, heard his great speeches, visited him at the White House, and on a spring day in 1865 joined the procession that carried his slain body there. Twenty years later he published his biography giving a detailed sense of Lincoln the entertaining storyteller, the shrewd politician, the steadfast visionary.

Here is the story of Lincoln's rise from humble origins to the presidency, backgrounded by events leading inexorably to the Civil War. Boyhood in Kentucky and Indiana, legal and legislative experiences, marriage to Mary Todd, name-making debates with Stephen Douglas, struggles as president to end slavery and shore up the union, conduct of Northern forces as commander-in-chief, murder at Ford's Theater?all fuel the narrative drive of The Life of Abraham Lincoln.

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Contents

ANCESTRY AND EARLY LIFE
13
CHAPTER II
28
CHAPTER III
45
MISCELLANEOUS SPEECHES AND MARRIAGE
61
CHAPTER V
76
CHAPTER VI
92
CHAPTER VII
108
CHAPTER IX
139
Lincoln and Emancipation Greeley Demands It The People Pray
253
CHAPTER XVI
272
THE TIDE TURNS
306
CHAPTER XIX
331
CHAPTER XX
342
CHAPTER XXI
357
GRANT AND SHERMAN
369
THE SECOND TERM
384

LINCOLN BECOMES PRESIDENT
153
CHAPTER XI
172
LINCOLN IN THE WHITE HOUSE
188
CHAPTER XIII
220
CHAPTER XIV
237
CHAPTER XXIV
406
CHAPTER XXV
418
CHAPTER XXVI
441
INDEX
455
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Introducing this Bison Books edition is James A. Rawley, Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and author of The Politics of Union: Northern Policies during the Civil War and Turning Points of the Civil War also published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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