President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman

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Vintage Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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In his acclaimed book Lincoln's Virtues, William Lee Miller explored Abraham Lincoln's intellectual and moral development. Now he completes his "ethical biography," showing how the amiable and inexperienced backcountry politician was transformed by constitutional alchemy into an oath-bound head of state. Faced with a radical moral contradiction left by the nation's Founders, Lincoln struggled to find a balance between the universal ideals of Equality and Liberty and the monstrous injustice of human slavery.

With wit and penetrating sensitivity, Miller brings together the great themes that have become Lincoln's legacy—preserving the United States of America while ending the odious institution that corrupted the nation's meaning—and illuminates his remarkable presidential combination: indomitable resolve and supreme magnanimity.
 

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PRESIDENT LINCOLN: The Duty of a Statesman

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A member of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the Lincoln Studies Group examines the moral reasoning at the heart of the president's statecraft.Lincoln's graceful and humane exercise of ... Read full review

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User Review  - nbmars - LibraryThing

Miller endeavors to examine “the moral performance of Abraham Lincoln” as president. Therefore, as the author explains, the book is only indirectly about Lincoln’s statesmanship and more about his ... Read full review

Contents

A Solemn Oath Registered in Heaven
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Two April Sundays 9
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j Realism Right at the Border
110
The Trent and a Decent Respect for the Opinions of Mankind
193
Too Past for Malicious Dealing
212
LINcoLNs NATIon AMong THE NATIons
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In Giving Freedom to the Slave We Assure Freedom to the Free
254
The Prompt Vindication of His Honor
273
I6 The Benign Prerogative to Pardon Unfortunate Guilt
314
Must Shoot a Simple Soldier Boy?
327
A Hard War Without Hatred
351
Temptation in August
370
The Almighty Has His Own Purposes
396
Aer Ah AM lincoln Among the immortals
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Acknowled GMexits
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And the Promise Being Made Must Be Kept
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William Lee Miller has taught at Yale University, Smith College, Indiana University, and the University of Virginia, where he is currently Miller Center of Public Affairs Scholar in Ethics and Institutions. He has been an editor and writer on a political magazine, a speechwriter, and a three-term alderman. He is the author of numerous books. Arguing About Slavery won the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress.

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