The Real Lincoln: A Portrait

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U of Nebraska Press, 1922 - Biography & Autobiography - 453 pages
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Originally published in 1922, The Real Lincoln is an in-depth look at Abraham Lincoln the man, not the public figure. Acclaimed at the time as an excellent, impartial source book, The Real Lincoln was compiled by Jesse W. Weik through a series of letters and interviews with people who knew the sixteenth president personally as well as their descendents. This is an examination of Lincoln without the weight of history, looking at him as a dynamic figure and illuminating aspects of his life before his presidency. His childhood, his marriage to Mary Todd, his law practice, the way he spent his free time, and his introduction to politics are just some of the subjects covered.

In this latest edition of The Real Lincoln, Michael Burlingame has included dozens of original letters and interviews received by Weik between 1892 and 1922 that went into creating this work. Occasionally lighthearted and always insightful, this revealing book will enthrall anyone curious about the human side of the man too often viewed as a monument.

 

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I really enjoyed this book. It flew by and contained a multitude of great Lincoln stories, many of which I had not heard before. Weik is a very good writer, and he can make Lincoln come alive at times ... Read full review

Contents

playmatesInterviewing Austin Collaher and others at Hodgenville
13
subjectInvestigations by Herndon and the author in Kentucky and else
28
Removal of the Lincolns from Indiana to Illinois in 1830Thomas Lincoln
47
Todd at the Edwards home January 1841His letter to John T Stuart
56
Chapter VI
65
Chapter VII
81
Chapter VIII
96
Chapter IX
109
Chapter XV
206
Chapter XVI
215
Chapter XVII
237
Chapter XVIII
251
Chapter XIX
282
Chapter XX
303
Andrews
317
Mrs Arthur H Carter
326

Chapter X
119
Chapter XI
127
Chapter XII
148
Chapter XIII
169
Chapter XIV
188
Jonathan N Colby
333
Notes
399
Index
443
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Michael Burlingame is Sadowski Professor of History Emeritus at Connecticut College and the editor of Inside the White House in War Times (Nebraska 2000) and A Reporter's Lincoln (Nebraska 1998).

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