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First Among Equals: Abraham Lincoln's Reputation During His Administration

Hans L. Trefousse

Abstract

One hundred and forty years after his assassination on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln towers more than ever above the landscape of American politics. In myth and memory, he is always the Great Emancipator and savior of the Union, second in stature only to George Washington. But was Lincoln always so exalted? Was he, as some historians argue, a poor President, deeply disliked, whose legacy was ennobled only by John Wilkes Booth's bullet? In this fascinating book, a leading historian finally takes the full measure of Lincoln's reputation. Drawing on a remarkable range of primary documents—speec ... More

Keywords: assassination, Abraham Lincoln, American politics, Great Emancipator, George Washington, poor President, John Wilkes Booth, American opinion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780823224685
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823224685.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans L. Trefousse, author
Emeritus, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center

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