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This amazing portrait of Abraham Lincoln present in this publication is drawn fullyyt from the writing of his contemporaries and extends from his political beginnings in Springfield to his assassination. It finds a extra significantly beleaguered, much less godlike, and at last a richer Lincoln than has come via some of the biographies of Lincoln written at a distance after his loss of life. to those that are normal in basic terms with many of the retouchedversions of Lincoln's lifestyles, Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait should be a welcome-if occasionally surprising-addition to the literature surrounding the fellow who's probably the crucial determine in all of yank historical past. The brutality, certainly that malignancy of a few of the therapy Lincoln bought by the hands of the clicking might surprise these readers who think the second one 1/2 the 20th century has a monopoly at the journalism of insult, outrage, and indignation. That Lincoln acted with the calm and readability he did below the barrage of such assaults can merely improve his stature as one of many nice political leaders of any kingdom at any time.

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20. The revolutionary nature of the Civil War and Reconstruction has bean dealt with in numerous articles and essays, though not in a comprehensive and systematic historical account. , 20 (1974), 197-214; Joseph A. Stromberg, ''The War for Southern Independence: A Radical Libertarian Perspective," Journal of Libertarian Studies, 3 (1979), 31-54; Peyton McCrary, "The Party of Revolution: Republican Ideas About Politics and Social Change, 1862-1867,'' Civil War History, 30 (1984), 330-50; James M.

New York: Scribner's, 1901), 1:228, 232, 236. 8 For some historians, critical realism demanded acknowledgment of Lincoln's successful exercise of dictatorial powers, tempered by doubts about the wisdom of such a course if attempted by less-gifted leaders. Nathaniel W. Stephenson, for example, examining the contradiction during the Civil War between the exercise of war powers and individual liberty, attributed to Lincoln the belief that in time of emergency the only recourse was to follow the Roman precedent and permit the use of extraordinary power.

I am indebted to Dr. Paul Cimbala, editor of Fordham University Press's The North's Civil War series, for suggesting publication of this book and for his thoughtful and constructive editorial judgment. Finally I wish to thank Dr. Mary Beatrice Schulte, Executive Editor of Fordham University Press, for the expertise, energy, and good will with which she guided preparation of the manuscript. HERMAN BELZ Page 1 Introduction: Constitution and Revolution in the Civil War Era The Unites States is a revolutionary nation that lacks a tradition of revolutionary politics.

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