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The Resource Six encounters with Lincoln : a president confronts democracy and its demons, Elizabeth Brown Pryor

Six encounters with Lincoln : a president confronts democracy and its demons, Elizabeth Brown Pryor

Label
Six encounters with Lincoln : a president confronts democracy and its demons
Title
Six encounters with Lincoln
Title remainder
a president confronts democracy and its demons
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Brown Pryor
Title variation
6 encounters with Lincoln
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Explores the psychology, character, and leadership of the sixteenth president as evidenced by six encounters with his constituents, from an awkward meeting with Army officers on the eve of the Civil War to a White House conversation with a fierce abolitionist
  • In this absorbing book, Elizabeth Brown Pryor offers new perspectives on our sixteenth president by examining six intriguing, mostly unknown encounters he had with his constituents. Taken together, they reveal his opinions and character in unexpected ways, illustrating the difficulties of managing a republic and creating a presidency. While each of these stories shows Lincoln in all his quirky greatness, each is also an invitation to rethink our presumptions about him. An awkward first meeting with army officers on the eve of the Civil War reflects Lincoln's unease with military culture, giving insight into his erratic management of the Union forces during the war. A conversation between Lincoln and a fiercely abolitionist cavalry sergeant enables Pryor to probe into how cautiously Lincoln moved on the emancipation issue; it was his ability to inch along the narrow road of consensus that defined his political skill. Lincoln's meeting with Cherokee chief John Ross leads Pryor to explore how catastrophic the Lincoln administration was for Native Americans--and how poignant, given Lincoln's reputation as a defender of human rights. Pryor teases out the reasons behind Lincoln's discomfort with the strongminded women who came to him on political business and, in recounting a tense exchange with a Confederate businessman in 1865, addresses Lincoln's tortured relationship with the South and the toll it took on him. Pryor also provides a fascinating discussion of Lincoln's fondness for storytelling and how he used his skills as a raconteur to enhance both his political and his personal power. Drawing on hundreds of firsthand accounts from reporters, diarists, and letter writers that give the narrative great immediacy, Six Encounters with Lincoln provides a fresh portrait of Lincoln as a beleaguered politician who was not especially popular, who had to deal with the many critics, naysayers, and dilemmas he faced without always knowing the right answer. What this book shows most clearly is that greatness was not simply laid on Lincoln's shoulders like a mantle but was won in fits and starts
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.7092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
E457.15
LC item number
.P93 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Six encounters with Lincoln : a president confronts democracy and its demons, Elizabeth Brown Pryor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
A wary handshake -- Pfunny pface -- Two emancipators meet -- Of fathers and sons -- Hell-cats -- The hollow crown -- Epilogue to the hollow crown : Lincoln and Shakespeare
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 480 pages
Isbn
9780670025909
Lccn
2016042837
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • ocn967345237
  • (OCoLC)967345237
Label
Six encounters with Lincoln : a president confronts democracy and its demons, Elizabeth Brown Pryor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
A wary handshake -- Pfunny pface -- Two emancipators meet -- Of fathers and sons -- Hell-cats -- The hollow crown -- Epilogue to the hollow crown : Lincoln and Shakespeare
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 480 pages
Isbn
9780670025909
Lccn
2016042837
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • ocn967345237
  • (OCoLC)967345237

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