Abraham Lincoln. A Biography by Lord Charnwood, Peter W. Schramm

By Lord Charnwood, Peter W. Schramm

No different narrative account of Abraham Lincoln's lifestyles has encouraged such frequent and lasting acclaim as Charnwood's Abraham Lincoln: A Biography. Written via a local of britain and initially released in 1916, the biography is a unprecedented mix of gorgeous prose and profound ancient perception. Charnwood's research of Lincoln's statesmanship brought generations of usa citizens to the existence and politics of Lincoln and the author's observations are so entire and well-supported that any critical research of Lincoln needs to reply to his conclusions.

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Nevertheless there was once extracted from him an awkward autobiographical fragment, and his friends have collected and recorded concerning his earlier years quite as much as is common in great men’s biographies or can as a rule be reproduced with its true associations. Thus there are tales enough of the untaught student’s perseverance, and of the boy giant’s gentleness and prowess; tales, too, more than enough in proportion, of the fun which varied but did not pervade his existence, and of the young rustic’s occasional and somewhat oafish pranks.

THE END BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE INDEX ABRAHAM LINCOLN INTRODUCTION “Americans are fond of discussing Americanism,” writes Lord Charnwood. “Very often they select as a pattern of it Abraham Lincoln, the man who kept the North together but has been pronounced to have been a Southerner in his inherited character. ” I believe that Charnwood is right in his estimate of Abraham Lincoln. I also think that if you were to ask a typical American student today about Abraham Lincoln he would be more capable of telling you about the manner of his death than the purpose and significance of his life and statesmanship.

He was an avowed Henry Clay man and a Whig. He was elected to Congress in 1846, where he served just one term, because of an agreement he had made with fellow Whigs to rotate candidacies. Between 1849 and 1854 his interests were more focused on his law career than ever before. Then something very important happened that raised to a new level his participation in national politics. This was the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. This act, for which Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois was pleased to take credit, overthrew the Missouri Compromise of 1820.

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