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Randall M. Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823243440

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823243440.001.0001

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Lincoln and Leadership: An Introduction

Lincoln and Leadership: An Introduction

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Lincoln and Leadership

Randall M. Miller

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter by Randall M. Miller provides an overview of Lincoln as a political, military, and moral leader during the Civil War and a brief assessment of the Lincoln myths related to his leadership as the saviour of the Union, the great emancipator, and friend of the common man. It argues that Lincoln kept the priority of the Union first in all his thinking and public policy, but moved toward ending slavery as a way to win the war and realize the promise of the Declaration of Independence. It also argues that Lincoln was an engaged leader of the Republican Party, conscious of shaping public opinion in speeches and images, maintaining ties with party leaders, and understanding the necessity of translating ideas into action. It also suggests he defined the role of Commander in Chief as he developed a modern strategy for winning the war and sought out generals who would effect his thinking. And it argues that Lincoln proved successful in managing the war effort, his party, and public opinion, though he was unsuccessful in laying out a clear policy for Reconstruction.

Keywords:   Emancipation, Commander in chief, Republican Party, Public opinion, Union, Civil War, Reconstruction, Lincoln speeches, Lincoln mythology

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