The Lincoln Enigma: The Changing Faces of an American Icon

Paperback | October 15, 2002

EditorGabor Boritt

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In The Lincoln Enigma, Gabor Boritt invites renowned Lincoln scholars, and rising new voices, to take a look at much-debated aspects of Lincoln's life--including his possible gay relationships, his plan to send blacks back to Africa, and his high-handed treatment of the Constitution. Borittexplores Lincoln's proposals that looked to a lily-white America. Jean Baker marvels at Lincoln's loves and marriage. David Herbert Donald compares Lincoln and Jefferson Davis as Commanders-in-Chief. Douglas Wilson shows us the young Lincoln--not the strong leader of popular history, but a man whostruggles to find his purpose. Gerald Prokopowicz searches for the military leader, William C. Harris for the peacemaker, and Robert Bruce meditates on Lincoln and death. In a final section Boritt and Harold Holzer offer a fascinating portfolio of Lincoln images in modern art. Acute and thought-provoking in their observations, this all-star cast of historians--including two Pulitzer and three Lincoln Prize winners--questions our assumptions of Lincoln, and provides a new vitality to our ongoing reflections on his life and legacy.

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In The Lincoln Enigma, Gabor Boritt invites renowned Lincoln scholars, and rising new voices, to take a look at much-debated aspects of Lincoln's life--including his possible gay relationships, his plan to send blacks back to Africa, and his high-handed treatment of the Constitution. Borittexplores Lincoln's proposals that looked to a ...

Gabor S. Boritt is Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. His books include Why the Civil War Came and The Gettysburg Nobody Knows.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.25 × 0.91 inPublished:October 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195156269

ISBN - 13:9780195156263

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"This fascinating collection of essays shows how much Lincoln still matters to contemporary Americans...fresh and important."--Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard University and Ratcliffe Institute, author of The Mothers of Invention, winner of the Craven and the Francis Parkman Prizes