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The Age of Lincoln by Orville Vernon Burton

A Sweeping Retelling of Secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction Stunning in its breadth and conclusions, The Age of Lincoln is a fiercely original history of the five decades that pivoted around the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Abolishing slavery, the ages most extraordinary accomplishment, was not its most profound. The enduring legacy of the age was inscribing personal liberty into the nations millennial aspirations. America has always perceived providence in its progress, but in the 1840s and 1850s a pessimism accompanied a marked extremism. With all sides claiming Gods blessing, irreconcilable freedoms collided; despite historic political compromises the middle ground collapsed. In a remarkable reappraisal of Lincoln, the distinguished historian Orville Vernon Burton shows how the presidents Southernness empowered him to conduct a civil war that redefined freedom as a personal right protected by the rule of law. In the violent decades that followed, the extent of that freedom would be contested by racism and unregulated capitalism, but not its central place in what defined the country. Presenting a fresh conceptualization of the opening decades of modern America, The Age of Lincoln is narrative history of the highest order.

Author: Orville Vernon Burton

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 432

Publisher: Hill and Wang

Publication Date: 2007-06-26

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ISBN: 0809095130


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