Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln:The Story of a Picture Francis Bicknell Carpenter
A rising star among historians charts the fortunes of a family shattered by the Civil War - Mary Todd Lincoln´s family - and their surprising impact on how Lincoln fought that war. For all the talk of the Civil War ´´pitting brother against brother´´, until now there has never been a single book that traces the story of one family ravaged by that conflict. And no family could better illustrate the personal toll the war took than Lincoln´s own. Mary Todd Lincoln was one of 14 siblings who were split between the Confederacy and the Union. Three of her brothers fought, and two died, for the South. Several Todds, including Mary herself, bedeviled Lincoln´s administration with their scandalous behavior. The award-winning historian Stephen Berry tells their family saga with the narrative intricacy and emotional intensity of a novelist. The Todds´ struggles haunted the president and moved him to avoid tactics or rhetoric that would dehumanize or scapegoat the Confederates. Drawing on his own familial experience, Lincoln was inspired to articulate a humanistic, even charitable, view of the enemy that seems surpassingly wise in our time, let alone his. With brio and rigor, Berry fills a gap in Civil War history, showing how the war changed one family and how that family changed the course of the war. As they debate each other about the issues of the day and comfort each other in the wake of shared tragedy, the Todds become a singular microcosm and a metaphor for the country as a whole. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Prichard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/000549/bk_tant_000549_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Widow´s House:Book 4 of the Dagger and the Coin Daniel Abraham
Building a New Party, a House Divided and the Lincoln Douglas Debates (1855-1858)´´Unite With Us and Help Us to Triumph´´ - Building the Illinois Republican Party ( 1855-1857) Lincoln struggles to form a new party to take the place of the defunct Whig party. He has strong doubts that a peaceful end to slavery is possible. Joining with anti-slavery, anti-nativist forces, Lincoln launches the Republican Party of Illinois and the first Republican convention takes place. When the Dred Scott case is decided, Lincoln publicly denounces the court decision. His finest debates with Stephen A. Douglass take place and Lincoln calls into question the hypocrisy of the Southern disgust of race mixing, as the population of Southern mulattos ´´dwarfed´´ that of the north.´´A House Divided´´ Lincoln vs. Douglass (1857-1858)Stephen Douglass vies for Republican support and begins to deny his affiliations with Democrats, stating that he had planned to curtail the spread of slavery geographically by building a railroad. Yet as late as 1858, Douglass wrote often of his belief, which had historical precedent, that blacks were not self-governing citizens and could not be granted passports ´´A David Greater than the Democratic Goliath´´ -the Lincoln-Douglas Debates 1858Despite Douglass being more popular than Lincoln, he lost many supporters due to strong and growing anti-slavery sentiments, a dwindling support from the Whig party, and a general dissatisfaction with the Democrat party. Douglass arrived well dressed for the debates with horse-drawn carriages and bands, whereas Lincoln would arrive quietly by train, and in very shabby clothing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000288/bk_gdan_000288_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.