Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Dec 20, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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An enlightening "intellectual biography" of Lincoln, Allen Guelzo's peerless account of America's most celebrated president explores the role of ideas in Lincoln's life, treating him as a serious thinker deeply involved in the nineteenth-century debates over politics, religion, and culture. Written with passion and dramatic impact, Guelzo's masterful study offers a revealing new perspective on a man whose life was in many ways a paradox.

Since its original publication in 1999, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President has garnered numerous accolades, not least the prestigious 2000 Lincoln Prize. As journalist Richard N. Ostling has noted, "Much has been written about Lincoln's belief and disbelief," but Guelzo's extraordinary account "goes deeper."

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Review: Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Library of Religious Biography)

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This is a provocative new biography of Lincoln. It not only sheds new light on him by putting him in the context of Whig politics, it also makes sense of his complicated but very real spiritual life. And Guelzo's writing is terrific. Read full review

Review: Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Library of Religious Biography)

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Guelzo is a noted Civil War and Lincoln scholar, having won the Lincoln Prize three times. This is not a traditional biography of Lincoln. Instead, it is more of an intellectual and religious ... Read full review


The Strife of Ideas
The American System
The Costs of Union
The Doctrine of Necessity
The Fuel of Interest
Moral Principle Is All That Unites Us
An Accidental President
War in a Conciliatory Style
Voice Out of the Whirlwind
Whig Jupiter
Malice Toward None
The Redeemer President
A Note on the Sources

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Page 50 - Tho' they may gang a kennin wrang, To step aside is human : One point must still be greatly dark, The moving Why they do it ; And just as lamely can ye mark, How far perhaps they rue it. Who made the heart, 'tis He alone Decidedly can try us, He knows each chord its various tone, Each spring its various bias : Then at the balance let's be mute, We never can adjust it ; What's done we partly may compute, But know not what's resisted.
Page 6 - Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever He had a chosen people, whose breasts He has made His peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire, which otherwise might escape from the face of the earth. Corruption of morals in the mass of cultivators is a phenomenon of which no age nor nation has furnished an example.
Page 4 - All honor to Jefferson — to the man, who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there that to-day and in all coming days it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and oppression.

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Allen C. Guelzo is the dean of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern College, where he is also the Grace F. Kea Professor of American History.

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