Edwin McMasters Stanton

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Edwin McMasters Stanton by Frank J. Williams Edwin M. Stanton, 1861 LN-2113 Edwin McMasters Stanton was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on December 19, 1814. On the eve of achieving his life’s dream, chronic asthma caused his death on December 24, 1869. His lifelong struggle with poor health also contributed to his volatile temper, as did […]

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An Interview with Harold Holzer on “Monument Man”

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An Interview with Harold Holzer regarding his new book, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French [“As one of the foremost living authorities on Abraham Lincoln, Harold Holzer has long straddled the crossroads of history and art with his own inimitable brand of scholarship.  Not surprisingly, in this grandly illustrated and beautifully written […]

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An Interview with Alfred J. Zacher

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Sara Gabbard: Which presidents do you believe showed the great­est leadership skills.   Al Zacher: Strong presidential leader­ship might be defined as the ability of a president to pursue major objectives to fulfillment. This requires persever­ance, support of the public and of Con­gress if their approval is required. This is an understatement, but it provides […]

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“One War at a Time”:  Abraham Lincoln and the Monroe Doctrine in Latin America

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Jason H. Silverman Vereinigte Staaten von Nord-America und Mexico, 71200908501056 The darkening clouds of Civil War were not all the portentous developments that newly elected Abraham Lincoln faced when he arrived in Washington, DC.  With the United States seemingly weakened by deep internal divisions, the European empires made one last attempt to regain their hold […]

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Lincoln and the South

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by E. Phelps Gay Birthplace cabin, 7120090811753 How did Lincoln view the South? What did he know about the South? Had he been to the South? Did he hate the South? Or, instead, did he like Southerners? Did he blame them for the evil institution of slavery? Did he see himself, as many Northerners did […]

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The Debate over the Debates: Debating Those Debates: The Historians Weigh In

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Moderated by Harold Holzer A public sensation in the seven Illinois towns that hosted them—reprinted in the press at the time, in book form shortly thereafter, and in many edi­tions since—the 1858 Lincoln-Doug­las debates are remembered today, 160 years after they took place, as a political and cultural phenomenon. But as much as they attracted […]

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