By Herman Belz
This notable portrait of Abraham Lincoln present in this booklet is drawn totally from the writing of his contemporaries and extends from his political beginnings in Springfield to his assassination. It unearths a extra significantly beleaguered, much less godlike, and at last a richer Lincoln than has come via some of the biographies of Lincoln written at a distance after his dying. to people who are commonplace basically with some of the retouchedversions of Lincoln's lifestyles, Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait could be a welcome-if occasionally surprising-addition to the literature surrounding the fellow who's possibly the critical determine in all of yankee background. The brutality, certainly that malignancy of a few of the remedy Lincoln acquired by the hands of the click may surprise these readers who think the second one half the 20 th century has a monopoly at the journalism of insult, outrage, and indignation. That Lincoln acted with the calm and readability he did below the barrage of such assaults can basically increase his stature as one of many nice political leaders of any state at any time.
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3. William Archibald Dunning, Essays on the Civil War and Reconstruction (New York: Macmillan, 1904; repr. Harper & Row, 1965), pp. 20-21, 56-59. 4. James Ford Rhodes, History, of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 to the Final Restoration of Home Rule at the South in 1877, 7 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1893-1900), 3:441-42. Page 20 Quoting at length from two of Lincoln's keenest critics, former Supreme Court Justice Benjamin R. Curtis and conservative legalist Joel Parker, he expressed disapproval of the arbitrary arrests and interference with freedom of the press for which Lincoln was responsible.
Self-consciously identifying themselves as "revisionists," many liberal historians concluded that if modern capitalism was the result of the Second American Revolution, the Civil War served no fundamentally useful social 11 Thomas J. Pressly, Americans Interpret Their Civil War (New York: Collier Books, 1962), pp. 242-44. Page 7 purpose. Unlike the Beards, revisionists were unwilling to view the question of Civil War causation in impersonal historicist terms. They blamed the war on a "blundering generation" of politicians whose partisanship and opportunism blinded them to the possibility of compromise.
10. , pp. 54, 62. 11 The practical implication of the Second American Revolution thesis for contemporary politics was to challenge progressive reformers to overcome the antidemocratic consequences of the triumph of big business. The Great Depression, an event as catastrophic and disruptive in its own way as the Civil War, created a situation in which a good revolutiona revolution to establish social democracywas seen as a real possibility. The old order of laissez-faire capitalism having been swept away by the economic collapse, the New Deal was perceived in revolutionary terms as establishing a collectivist social philosophy in place of the discredited individualist public philosophy of the Second American Revolution.
Abraham Lincoln, constitutionalism, and equal rights in the Civil War era by Herman Belz