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Lincoln S White House

Author : James B. Conroy
ISBN : 9781442251359
Genre : History
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Co-winner of the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Lincoln’s White House is the first book devoted to capturing the look, feel, and smell of the executive mansion from Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865. James Conroy brings to life the people who knew it, from servants to cabinet secretaries. We see the constant stream of visitors, from ordinary citizens to visiting dignitaries and diplomats. Conroy enables the reader to see how the Lincolns lived and how the administration conducted day-to-day business during four of the most tumultuous years in American history. Relying on fresh research and a character-driven narrative and drawing on untapped primary sources, he takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour that provides new insight into how Lincoln lived, led the government, conducted war, and ultimately, unified the country to build a better government of, by, and for the people.
Category: History

Civil War Congress And The Creation Of Modern America

Author : Paul Finkelman
ISBN : 9780821446454
Genre : History
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Most literature on the Civil War focuses on soldiers, battles, and politics. But for every soldier in the United States Army, there were nine civilians at home. The war affected those left on the home front in many ways. Westward expansion and land ownership increased. The draft disrupted families while a shortage of male workers created opportunities for women that were previously unknown. The war also enlarged the national government in ways unimagined before 1861. The Homestead Act, the Land Grant College Act, civil rights legislation, the use of paper currency, and creation of the Internal Revenue Service to collect taxes to pay for the war all illustrate how the war fundamentally, and permanently, changed the nation. The essays in this book, drawn from a wide range of historical expertise and approaching the topic from a variety of angles, explore the changes in life at home that led to a revolution in American society and set the stage for the making of modern America. Contributors: Jean H. Baker, Jenny Bourne, Paul Finkelman, Guy Gugliotta, Daniel W. Stowell, Peter Wallenstein, Jennifer L. Weber.
Category: History

Lincoln And The Natural Environment

Author : James Tackach
ISBN : 9780809336982
Genre : History
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In this groundbreaking environmental biography of Abraham Lincoln, James Tackach maps Lincoln’s lifelong relationship with the natural world from his birth and boyhood on Midwestern farms through his political career and presidency dealing with the effects of the Industrial Revolution and the Civil War. Lincoln was born in a generation that grew up on farms but began to move to cities as industrialization transformed the American economy. Turning away from the outdoor, manual labor of his youth, he chose careers in law and politics but always found solace outside first on the prairies of Illinois and, later, at the woodsy presidential retreat. As Tackach shows, Lincoln relied on examples and metaphors from the natural world in his speeches and writings. As a member of the Whig Party Lincoln endorsed the Industrial Revolution, which transformed the nation’s economy and its physical, social, and cultural landscapes, and advocated for the creation of railroads, canals, roads, and bridges to facilitate growth and the distribution of products. But he and his party failed to take steps to protect the natural environment. Surveying the destruction of the environment in the mid-nineteenth century, Tackach outlines how some American writers, the first voices for protection and conservation, began to call attention to the results of deforestation and the overhunting of animals during Lincoln’s lifetime. As commander in chief during the Civil War, Lincoln approved a strategy that included significant infrastructure and environmental damage. In the South, where most of the battles occurred, Union troops burned cities and towns and destroyed plantations, farms, and natural landscapes. Tackach argues that, midway through his presidency, Lincoln seemed to sense that postwar Reconstruction would have to be spiritual, political, economic, and environmental in order to heal the nation’s wounds. He signed the Morrill Act, creating the land-grant colleges, and the environmentally progressive Yosemite Grant Act, which preserved thousands of acres of forest in California. The first scholar to thoroughly investigate Lincoln’s lifelong relationship with the natural environment, Tackach paints Lincoln’s personal and professional life against the backdrop of nineteenth-century American environmental history, issues, and writers, providing insights into contemporary environmental issues.
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Lincoln S Sanctuary

Author : Matthew Pinsker
ISBN : 0195179854
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Presents a portrait of Abraham Lincoln's stay at a small cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home during his presidency.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

What Was Cooking In Mary Todd Lincoln S White House

Author : Tanya Larkin
ISBN : 0823956091
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Describes Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of the sixteenth president of the United States, her role as first lady, and some of the foods she served at various stages of her life, and includes recipes.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Jefferson S White House

Author : James B. Conroy
ISBN : 1538108461
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In telling the story of the first president to occupy the White House for his full term, James B. Conroy, author of the award-winning Lincoln's White House, captures Jefferson's pivotal leadership role and the intrigues and ambitions of a deeply divided young nation.

Lincoln S White House Secretary

Author : William Osborn Stoddard
ISBN : 0809327538
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this new, edited version of William O. Stoddard's autobiography, Harold Holzer provides an introduction, afterword, and annotations and includes comments by Stoddard's granddaughter, Eleanor Stoddard. The elegantly written volume gives readers a window into the politics, life, and culture of the mid-nineteenth century.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Inside The White House In War Times

Author : William Osborn Stoddard
ISBN : 0803292570
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Of the three secretaries who assisted President Abraham Lincoln?John G. Nicolay, John Hay, and William O. Stoddard?only Stoddard wrote an extended memoir about his time in the Executive Mansion. First published in 1890, the book vividly depicts the president?s agonizing reaction to the defeats at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the difficulties encountered (and presented) by Mary Lincoln, the president?s relations with George B. McClellan and other generals, and the anxiety preceding the Merrimack?s epic battle with the Monitor. ø In 1866 Stoddard also penned thirteen ?White House Sketches? about his time in Lincoln?s service. Originally published in an obscure New York newspaper, these essays?never previously collected?supplement Stoddard?s memoir. Together the memoir and sketches provide an intimate look at the sixteenth president during a time of crisis.
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Team Of Rivals

Author : Doris Kearns Goodwin
ISBN : 9780141931418
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In this monumental multiple biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin studies Abraham Lincoln's mastery of men. She shows how he saved Civil War-torn America by appointing his fiercest rivals to key cabinet positions, making them help achieve his vision for peace. As well as a thrilling piece of narrative history, it's an inspiring study of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen. A book to bury yourself in.
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The Lincolns In The White House

Author : Jerrold M. Packard
ISBN : 9781466852785
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From the day of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, a nation divided by savage conflict confronted the new president. But what many don't know was that within the White House's walls, the Lincoln's family would soon find itself suffering turmoil mirroring that of the nation he led. Savagely criticized for her extravagance by the American public and widely distrusted because of her southern roots, first lady Mary Lincoln's increasing instability would deeply strain her marriage and eventually end in her mental collapse. The couple was devastated when eleven-year-old Willie died in the White House of typhoid fever. Tad, the youngest son, remained the family joy despite his physical impairments. Though their son Robert's success at Harvard made his parents proud, his relationship with them was troubled and would result in a painful estrangement, one which would eventually permanently separate him from his mother. The president's assassination brutally crushed Mary's always-fragile spirits. After leaving the White House and following Tad's early death, the former first lady retreated into increasing eccentricity and seclusion until her death in 1882. A moving and poignant portrait of the family life of America's greatest president.
Category: Biography & Autobiography