"First among Equals": Abraham Lincoln's Reputation During His Administration by Hans L. Trefousse"First among Equals": Abraham Lincoln's Reputation During His Administration by Hans L. Trefousse

"First among Equals": Abraham Lincoln's Reputation During His Administration

byHans L. Trefousse

Paperback | December 1, 2010

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One hundred and forty years after his assassination on April 14, 1865, AbrahamLincoln towers more than ever above the landscape of American politics. Inmyth and memory, he is always the Great Emancipator and savior of the Union,second in stature only to George Washington.But was Lincoln always so exalted?Was he, as some historians argue, a poorPresident, deeply disliked, whose legacy was ennobled only by John WilkesBooth's bullet?In this fascinating book, a leading historian finally takes the full measure ofLincoln's reputation. Drawing on a remarkable range of primary documents-speeches, newspaper accounts and editorials, private letters, memoirs, andother sources-Hans L. Trefousse gives us the voices of Lincoln's own time. FromNorth and South, at home and abroad, here are politicians and ordinary people,soldiers and statesmen, abolitionists and slaveholders alike, in a rich chorus ofAmerican opinion. The result is a masterly portrait of Lincoln the President inthe eyes of his fellow Americans.
Hans Trefousse (1921-2010) was Distinguished Professor of History at Brooklyn College and at the Graduate Center, of the City University of New York.
Title:"First among Equals": Abraham Lincoln's Reputation During His AdministrationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.03 inPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823224694

ISBN - 13:9780823224692


Editorial Reviews

"Consulting an impressive body of evidence that includes domestic and foreign newspapers, public and private papers, diaries, editorials, foreign correspondence, letters from common soldiers and officers, and appraisals of European elites, Trefousse's effort will stand out amid the seemingly endless treatments of the iconic Civil War president."