Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths by Stephen B. Oates

By Stephen B. Oates

“There isn't any greater advent to present puzzling over Lincoln and his position in history.” —Newsday

“Here, in those pages, Lincoln remains to be alive.” —Los Angeles Times

From Stephen B. Oates comes a riveting spouse to his seminal Lincoln biography With Malice towards None. Exploring the advanced mythology surrounding the 16th President, together with iconic pictures of Lincoln as sincere Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the nice Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln: the fellow in the back of The Myths bargains a penetrating examine Lincoln’s existence and impression, indispensible for any pupil of significant management, the Civil warfare, and American background.

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Anne happened in the summer of 1889. The priests recorded miracles and healings at each pilgrimage, including a note in 1891 that mentioned my great-grandmother. She was born Constance Letendre, and she married Magloire Belcourt. The priest’s note said: “Bedridden for six months and who is unable to walk, is carried into the church. ” I suppose if you believe in something hard enough it will happen, because the healing power of the mind is amazing. If you bring people together, believing, it is also amazing how powerful that belief can be.

I believe in the power of prayer, too. Many people all over the world prayed for me within their different religious beliefs. I am so grateful to them. I am sure the combination of medical treatment, herbs, and prayers contributed to my healing. 30  Walking in the Wo o ds t h e be lcou rt fami ly: 1890 – 1914 The Belcourt family of Lac Ste. Anne posed for at least twenty-two formal portraits in the studios of Edmonton’s pioneer photographers after 1890. Here is a small selection from the Ernest Brown Collection at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

I couldn’t understand the questions, or the need for them. The priest would ask: “Did you commit this? ” Adultery! I didn’t even know the meaning of the word as a boy. This turned me off the Church. I went through the motions, but it was a joke, really. My father and his sisters, Margaret and Christina, and his brother Syd were not religious either. I think my grandmother’s piety put them off. She took her religion to great extremes: eating fish on Fridays, fasting, avoiding dances during Lent, giving things to others and going without herself.

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