The War Worth Fighting: Abraham Lincoln's Presidency and Civil War America

The War Worth Fighting: Abraham Lincoln's Presidency and Civil War America

by Stephen D. Engle (Editor)


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“Were the results of the Civil War worth its huge cost in lives and resources? The prominent historians in this thought-provoking volume lay a firm groundwork for answering the question in the affirmative.”—James M. McPherson, author of Abraham Lincoln
“These perceptive essays remind modern Americans why Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War occupy a central place in our broader national history.”—Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War
“Adds substantially to our understanding of Lincoln as commander, educator, manager, and model for Americans of his day and ours.”—John David Smith, author of Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops
“Offers interpretations that may well challenge the conventional wisdom of many readers—a healthy exercise in understanding that our examination of even a well-traveled road can still be eye-opening.”—John M. Belohlavek, author of Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing & the Shattering of the Union

This volume of original essays, featuring an all-star lineup of Civil War and Lincoln scholars, provides the most current interpretations of the period and the man thrust into its center. Perhaps no one who ever pledged to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and defend the Constitution faced such fundamental challenges. The contributors to this volume examine how Lincoln actively and consciously managed the war—diplomatically, militarily, and in the realm of what we might now call public relations—and in doing so, reshaped and redefined the fundamental role of the president.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813060644
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen D. Engle is professor of history and director of the Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency at Florida Atlantic University.

Table of Contents

Introduction Stephen D. Engle 1

Part I Lincoln's War and the People's Contest

1 The Passage of Lincoln's Republic: Providence in Progress Orville Vernon Burton 13

2 The President as Pedagogue: Teaching Citizenship in Time of War J. Matthew Gallman 37

3 Lincoln as Commander in Chief: Forays into Generalship Mark Grimsley 62

Part II The War beyond the White House

4 The Political Culture of the North: Party Politics of Nation and State Jennifer L. Weber 91

5 Legalities in Wartime: The Myth of the Writ of Habeas Corpus Mark E. Neely Jr 110

6 Emancipation in Washington, D.C.: Battleground for Freedom and Reconstruction Kate Masur 127

Part III The Visible Hand of Leadership at Home and Abroad

7 Lincoln as Leader: The Visible Hand of the Presidency Richard J. Carwardine 153

8 Lincoln as Chief Diplomat in War: Perception and Reality Howard Jones 173

9 Wartime Reconstruction: Constructing the Union's New Cornerstone Brooks D. Simpson 202

Epilogue. Lincoln's Presidential Legacy: The Last Best Hope Michael Burlingame 223

List of Contributors 243

Index 249

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