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The Resource The last best hope of earth : Abraham Lincoln and the promise of America, Mark E. Neely, Jr

The last best hope of earth : Abraham Lincoln and the promise of America, Mark E. Neely, Jr

Label
The last best hope of earth : Abraham Lincoln and the promise of America
Title
The last best hope of earth
Title remainder
Abraham Lincoln and the promise of America
Statement of responsibility
Mark E. Neely, Jr
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Mark R. Neely, Jr., provides for the general reader the first compact biography of Abraham Lincoln based on new scholarship. There is no comparable, succinct work on this nation's greatest president." "The Last Best Hope of Earth vividly recaptures the central place of politics in Lincoln's life. In Illinois, Lincoln was an established and prosperous lawyer, married to a refined and educated southern belle, and the father of four boys. Throughout his life, however, politics remained his first love. In Neely's depiction of Lincoln, power was never sought for its own sake. Having triumphed over the hardscrabble circumstances of his youth in Kentucky and Indiana, Lincoln, early in his political career, tied his ambition to the search for solutions to the economic underdevelopment of the American West. And in the last eleven years of his life, Lincoln's political ambitions became yoked to a fierce nationalism and a keen moral purpose - the preservation of the Union and the demise of slavery. Lincoln could not remember a time when he did not hate slavery, or revere the federal system. He made his position clear in the decade leading up to his presidential election campaign, and a civil war erupted." "Through Neely's eyes we see the growth of this president's advanced ideas about military strategy, despite their price in blood; his husbanding of the resources of the home front, regardless of its cost in national treasure; and his complex defense of the Constitution, notwithstanding a momentary loss of civil liberties. We also see Lincoln's steadfast dedication to the Emancipation Proclamation, while the fate of the republic and the future of four million black Americans hung in the balance." "Richly illustrated, nuanced and accessible, written with attention to the age in which Lincoln lived, yet ever alert to universal moral questions, this is a portrait of Lincoln as an extraordinary man in his own time and ours."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Neely, Mark E.
Dewey number
  • 973.7/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E457
LC item number
.N49 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Presidents
Label
The last best hope of earth : Abraham Lincoln and the promise of America, Mark E. Neely, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223035333898
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-207) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Peculiar ambition -- Republican robe -- Commander in chief -- Emancipation -- A free people conduct a long war -- Politics as usual -- Fate
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 214 p.
Isbn
9780674511255
Lccn
93022863
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
28221669
Label
The last best hope of earth : Abraham Lincoln and the promise of America, Mark E. Neely, Jr
Publication
Bar code
31223035333898
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-207) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Peculiar ambition -- Republican robe -- Commander in chief -- Emancipation -- A free people conduct a long war -- Politics as usual -- Fate
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 214 p.
Isbn
9780674511255
Lccn
93022863
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
28221669

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