Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850's

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Stanford University Press, 1962 - Legislators - 205 pages
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" . . . [The] paperback edition of Professor Fehrenbacher's study, first published in 1962, of Lincoln in the 1850s is a welcome reminder of what can be achieved by a fresh and searching investigation of often-asked questions. . . . The book is lucidly and soberly written, and full of carefully considered argument. It is one more major contribution to the work of putting the slavery issue back where it has always belonged--at the very centre--of any discussion of the origins of the Civil War."--Journal of American Studies"This is a brilliant book. With thorough research . . . and a fresh point of view, we have a study that will shape Lincoln scholarship for many years."--The Journal of Southern History
  

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It's fifty years old, but still a good read that closely examines Lincoln's reentry into public life in the 1850s, his slow movement to the Republican party, his political speeches, his opposition to ... Read full review

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The author packs an exceptional amount of knowledge and careful thought into so small a book. He is generous and respectful of other scholars, but does not hesitate to criticize even the best of them. The book clarifies several major features of the Lincoln of the 1850s. Useful and well-written. Read full review

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The Senatorial Nomination
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The Origins and Purpose of the House Divided Speech
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A New Look at the Great Debates
96
The Famous Freeport Question
121
The Path to the Presidency
143
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