Lincoln, abraham (12 february 1809-15 april 1865), sixteenth president of the united states, was born in hardin county, kentucky, the son of thomas lincoln and nancy hanks, farmers. James m mcpherson, a professor emeritus of american history at princeton university, has written prolifically about abolitionism, the civil war, abraham lincoln and reconstruction published in. James mcpherson, a bestselling historian of the civil war, illuminates how lincoln worked with—and often against— his senior commanders to defeat the confederacy and create the role of commander in chief as we know it.
Several essays in james mcpherson's new collection, abraham lincoln and the second american revolution, are interesting read against the backdrop of current events. Lincoln was a president 'tried by war' abraham lincoln had almost no military experience when he arrived at the white house in 1861 in tried by war, author james mcpherson explains how lincoln.
Abraham lincoln's presidency - abraham lincoln is a hero to all americans for he preserved our union and abolished slavery lincoln combined the forces of strength, courage, will, and morality to guide america through a time marked by complete social upheaval and civil war. Mcpherson and hearn on abraham lincoln essay although one could call hearn's more critical approach to historical writing more honest, hearn's approach betrays him—his dedication to taking an objective stance on lincoln's actions detaches him from the subject matter. The union's response to moore's leveraged secession was embodied in us president abraham lincoln's realization that the mississippi river was the backbone of the rebellion if control of the river were accomplished, the largest city in the confederacy would be taken back for the union , and the confederacy would be split in half.
Lincoln, the cabinet and the generals by chester g hearn, louisiana state university press fulltime lincoln scholars may chew their nails at the thought, but there can be little doubt that doris kearns goodwin has emerged as the most influential historian to tackle the lincoln theme in the last 20 years. Abraham lincoln was born to thomas and nancy (nee hanks) lincoln in sinking spring farm, kentucky on february 12, 1809 in a cabin in the backwoods three miles south of hodgenville (mcpherson) his family lived meagerly with his clothes being fashioned from the skins of animals his fathers shot down. Tried by war, is an enjoyable read and a strong summation of lincoln's work as commander in chief mcpherson does well in marshaling the progress of the civil war, and lincoln's leadership and reactions to events on the battlefield.
The point of this book is to provide a short overview of the life of abraham lincoln mcpherson scholarship is sound, and he writes well either at length (battle cry of freedom) or in a brief book like this. Mcpherson fits a lincoln into 65 pages, covering all the main points rejecting backwoods life, preferring king james and pilgrim's progress, learns law, loses love, marries, fights mosquitoes, opposes war in congress. The two books in question are john c waugh, lincoln and mcclellan: the troubled partnership between a president and his general (new york: palgrave macmillan, 2010) and chester g hearn, lincoln and mcclellan at war (baton rouge: louisiana state university, 2012. James mcpherson's abraham lincoln is a well written and very readable book for anyone interested in a cursory biography of our 16th president 's life it covers in.
James mcpherson's abraham lincoln should be read by every american, indeed by every person the world over, who wants to understand the preeminent american president mcpherson's biography—brief, analytical, beautifully written—encompasses the whole of lincoln's life. Why lincoln finally fired general mcclellan late on the evening of nov 6, 1862, secretary of war edwin m stanton dispatched brig gen catharinus p buckingham, a west point classmate and friend of robert e lee's, to the headquarters of the army of the potomac, then located in northern virginia. Tried by war: abraham lincoln as commander in chief by mcpherson, james m and a great selection of similar used, new and collectible books available now at abebookscom.