The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President

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Macmillan, Nov 13, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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The year 1856 was a pivotal one for this country, witnessing the birth of the Republican Party as we know it.† But it was also a critical year in the troubled political life of Abraham Lincoln.† As a lawyer, he tried his most scandalous murder case.† At the same time, he made a decision which unleashed his soaring abilities for the first time, a decision which reverberates to this day: whether or not to join the new Republican Party.The Case of Abraham Lincoln offers the first-ever account of the suspenseful Anderson Murder Case, and Lincolnís role in it.† Bestselling historian Fenster not only examines the case that changed Lincolnís fate, but portrays his day-to-day life as a circuit lawyer and how it shaped him as a politician. In a book that draws a picture of Lincoln in court and at home during that memorable season of 1856, Fenster also offers a close-up look at Lincolnís political work, much of it masterful, some of it adventurous, in building the party that would change his fate Ė and that of the nation.

  

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Review: The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President

User Review  - Don - Goodreads

This is a pretty decent story of a murder and the ensuing trial. However, Abe didn't really have a lot to do with it. The value here is the detail of Lincoln's Springfield, but not a whole lot of insight into the man himself Read full review

Review: The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President

User Review  - Shelby Shoop - Goodreads

Full of wonderful details of social and political history, especially what it was like to be a lawyer and follow the circuit. Reveals the progress of Lincoln's ability to capture an audience with his speeches. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
ForewordLincoln in His Element
15
Chapter 2April
27
Chapter 3The Beginning of
39
Chapter 4Early
49
Chapter 5May 15
67
Chapter 6MidMay
79
AN OLD BATTERED STOVEPIPE HAT
97
Chapter 8May 29
113
Chapter 9June
135
Chapter 10July and August
147
Chapter 11September
169
Chapter 12October and November
193
Afterword
227
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Julie M. Fenster is the co-author (with Douglas Brinkley) of†The New York Times bestseller Parish Priest. Her books include†the award-winning Ether Day and Race of the Century. A regular contributor to American Heritage, Fenster has also written for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Syracuse, New York.

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