Constantine Samuel Rafinesque: A Voice in the American Wilderness

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University Press of Kentucky - Biography & Autobiography
" Though Abraham Lincoln has been the subject of numerous biographies, his personality remains an enigma. During his lifetime, Lincoln prepared two sketches of his life for the 1860 presidential race. These brief campaign portraits serve as the core around which Paul Zall weaves extracts from correspondence, speeches, and interviews to produce an in-depth biography. Lincoln's writing about himself offers a window into the soul and mind of one of America's greatest president. His words reveal an emotional evolution typically submerged in political biographies. Lincoln on Lincoln shows a man struggling to reconcile personal ambition and civic virtue, conscience and Constitution, and ultimately the will of God and the will of the people. Zall frames Lincoln's words with his own illuminating commentary, providing a continuous, compelling narrative. Beginning with Lincoln's thoughts on his parents, the story moves though his youth and early successes and failures in law and politics, and culminates in his clashes and conflicts--internal as well as external--as president of a divided country. Through his writings, Lincoln said much more about himself than is commonly recognized, and Zall uses this material to create a unique portrait of this pivotal figure.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Newcomer in Botanical Paradise 18021805
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American Science and Natural History in Rafmesques Time
49
Return to America 18151818
56
Going West 1818
71
Kentucky 18191826
79
The World of Finance and Banking
100
Travels and Farewell to Lexington
109
The Medicine Man 1 1 7
117
History Archaeology and Linguistics
127
Walam Olum
148
Botany and Zoology 1 56
156
Last Years in Philadelphia 1 7 1
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Bibliography
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