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Abraham Lincoln

(1809–65) US Republican statesman, 16th President of the USA (1861–65). His election as President on an anti‐slavery platform antipathetic to the interests of the southern states ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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...Lincoln, Abraham ( 1809–1865 ), sixteenth president of the United States . Abraham Lincoln is an ambiguous figure in history and literature, with much disagreement centered on his beliefs and actions regarding African Americans. Lincoln hated slavery but equivocated in public statements about racial equality. He considered his 1863 Emancipation Proclamation the most historic act of his presidency, but many critics interpret the order freeing Southern slaves during the Civil War as a military measure, not a humanitarian one. In a famous 1862 letter to...

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Orville Vernon Burton

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History

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...1999. Holzer, Harold. Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President . New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. McPherson, James. Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution . New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. McPherson, James. Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief . New York: Penguin Press, 2008. Neely, Mark E., Jr. The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties . New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. Paludan, Phillip Shaw. The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln . Lawrence: University Press of...

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A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations (4 ed.)

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2018
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..., Abraham ( 1809–65 ) US politician . He expressed his democratic ideals most famously at the dedication of a cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, site of the battle of the Civil War where the Confederate armies had been turned back from their northernmost point. Lincoln stated that ‘the world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here’, but expressed the hope that ‘government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth’. Lincoln’s magnificent oratory may conceal more than it reveals. In particular he...

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The Oxford Companion to American Law

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... Lincoln’s reputation as a lawyer stretched beyond the borders of Illinois. The day after delivering his famous Cooper Union address on February 27 1860 in New York City, Lincoln met with Erastus Corning, president of the New York Central Railroad. Corning offered Lincoln the lucrative position as general counsel for the company. Lincoln politely declined and returned to Springfield. See also Executive Power ; Lawyers, Popular Perceptions of John P. Frank , Lincoln as a Lawyer , 1961. Martha L. Benner Cullom Davis , eds., The Law Practice of Abraham...

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William Wesley Elkins

Dictionary of Early American Philosophers

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.... Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason (El Dorado Hills, Cal., 2010). Holzer, Harold . Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President (New York, 2004). Kempf, Edward J. Abraham Lincoln’s Philosophy of Common Sense (New York, 1965). Neely, Mark E., Jr. The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America (Cambridge, Mass., 1993). Neely, Mark E., Jr. The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties (Oxford, 1991). Noll, Mark . American’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln ...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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..., Abraham ( 1809–65 ) US Republican statesman , 16th President of the USA ( 1861–65 ). His election as President on an anti‐slavery platform antipathetic to the interests of the southern states helped precipitate the American Civil War. He eventually managed to unite the Union side behind the anti‐slavery cause and emancipation was formally proclaimed on New Year’s Day, 1864 . Lincoln won re‐election in 1864 , but was assassinated shortly after the surrender of the main Confederate army had ended the war. During his lifetime Lincoln was noted for...

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Quentin Taylor

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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..., Abraham ( 1809–1865 ), lawyer, statesman , and sixteenth president of the United States . Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, spent part of his youth in Indiana, and then settled in central Illinois. Lincoln occupies a unique position in American history and culture. He successfully led the nation through its greatest crisis, the Civil War, which cost him his life by an assassin's bullet just days after its conclusion. Although his martyrdom enhanced Lincoln's fame, he had already acquired an international reputation as a statesman at the time of...

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World Encyclopedia

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..., Abraham ( 1809–65 ) Sixteenth US President ( 1861–65 ). Elected to the Illinois legislature for the Whig Party in 1834 , he studied law. He served ( 1847–49 ) in the House of Representatives and unsuccessfully ran for the Senate for the new Republican Party against Stephen A. Douglas in 1858 . He was Republican candidate for president in 1860 . Lincoln's victory made the secession of the Southern, slave-owning states inevitable, and his determination to defend Fort Sumter began the Civil War . A strong commander-in-chief, he played a...

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James A. Rawley

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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2004
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...Abraham Lincoln's standing in the hearts of the American people seems unassailable. See also Antebellum Era ; Antislavery ; Confederate States of America ; Federal Government, Executive Branch: The Presidency ; Lincoln-Douglas Debates . Albert J. Beveridge , Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1858 , 2 vol., 1928. J.G. Randall , Lincoln the President , 4 vols., the 4th completed by R.N. Current, 1946–1955. T. Harry Williams , Lincoln and His Generals , 1952. Merrill D. Peterson , Lincoln in American Memory , 1994. David Herbert Donald , Lincoln , 1995....

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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..., Abraham [Hist.] ( 1809–65 ) An American Republican statesman and the sixteenth president of the United States from 1861 to 1865 . He is sometimes referred to as Honest Abe or the Great Emancipator on account of his involvement in the abolition of slavery. He was noted for oratory and his eloquent speeches, including his speech of 1863 during the American Civil War at the dedication of the cemetery of those killed in the Battle of Gettysburg, known as the *Gettysburg address . As well as his oratory and political achievements, Lincoln is also...

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The Oxford Companion to American Military History

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...ended, Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at Ford's Theatre. He died on Good Friday, 15 April 1865 . [See also Civil War: Military and Diplomatic Course ; Civil War: Domestic Course ; Commander in Chief, President as. ] Godfrey R. B. Charnwood , Abraham Lincoln , 1916. John G. Nicolay and John Hay , Abraham Lincoln: A History , 1890; rev. ed. 1917. James G. Randall , Lincoln the President , 4 vols., 1945–55. Roy P. Basler , ed., Abraham Lincoln: Collected Works , 9 vols., 1953–55. Mark E. Neely , Abraham Lincoln and the...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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..., Abraham ( 1809–65 ) 16th president of the United States ( 1861–65 ), born in Hardin County, Kentucky . In Illinois, where he later settled, Lincoln pursued law and politics (as a Whig), serving in the state legislature ( 1834–41 ) and in the U.S. House of Representatives ( 1847–49 ), where he spoke out against the Mexican War ( 1846–48 ). Prompted by the controversy over the expansion of slavery into the territories, he returned to public life in 1854 . In 1858 , though he lost the election, he gained national prominence when he challenged ...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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2004
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...many others, such as New Letters and Papers of Lincoln ( 1930 ), edited by Paul Angle ; The Lincoln Papers (2 vols., 1948 ), from family-owned documents given to the Library of Congress; and the Collected Works (9 vols., 1953 ), edited by Roy P. Basler . Biographies began with lives written for presidential campaigns, including one by William Dean Howells in 1860 and one by Henry Jarvis Raymond in 1864 . Later lives include Herndon's Lincoln ( 1889 ); Nicolay and Hay's Abraham Lincoln: A History (10 vols., 1890 ), based on the papers...

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The Oxford Guide to the United States Government

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...S. ; Hamlin, Hannibal ; Johnson, Andrew ; War powers Sources Richard N. Current , The Lincoln Nobody Knows (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1980). David Herbert Donald , Lincoln Reconsidered (New York: Vintage, 1961). Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr. , et al. Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography (New York: Knopf, 1992). James M. McPherson , Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991). Mark E. Neely , The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia (New York: McGraw-Hill,...

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Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass

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...that Lincoln was “an honest man” and that he had “never met with a man, who, on the first blush, impressed me more entirely with his sincerity, with his devotion to his country, and with his determination to save it at all hazards.” When he left the president, Douglass averred: I came to the conclusion that Abraham Lincoln will not go down to posterity as Abraham the Great, or as Abraham the Wise, or as Abraham the Eloquent, although he is all three, wise, great, and eloquent, he will go down to posterity, if the country is saved, as Honest Abraham. ...

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Harold Holzer

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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...issue of foreign intervention. Holzer, Harold , ed. Lincoln on War: Our Greatest Commander-in-Chief Speaks to America . Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books, 2011. Assembles and analyzes all of Lincoln's essential speeches and letters on the subject of war; readers seeking the totality of Lincoln's writings should consult Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln , 9 vols. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1953–1955. McPherson, James M. Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief . New York: Penguin Press, 2008. Now...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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...have been added many others, such as New Letters and Papers of Lincoln ( 1930 ), edited by Paul Angle ; The Lincoln Papers (2 vols., 1948 ), from family-owned documents given to the Library of Congress; and the Collected Works (9 vols., 1953 ), edited by Roy P. Basler . Biographies began with lives written for presidential campaigns, including one by William Dean Howells in 1860 . Later lives include Herndon’s Lincoln ( 1889 ); Nicolay and Hay ’s Abraham Lincoln: A History (10 vols., 1890 ), based on the papers of his secretaries...

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Harold M. Hyman

The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2 ed.)

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2005
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..., Abraham (b. Hardin County, Ky., 12 Feb. 1809 ; d. Washington, D.C. 15 Apr. 1865 ), lawyer, congressman, and president of the United States, 1861–1865 . As the newly inaugurated president of a divided nation, Abraham Lincoln anticipated working with a generally cooperative Congress. Though still viable, its Democratic ranks had been both diminished in size and deprived of some of its most forceful and experienced legislators owing to the departure of the seceded states' delegations. But of the southern justices of the Supreme Court, only Alabaman...

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Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope

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2011
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..., Abraham ( 1809–65 ) , sixteenth president of the United States who preserved the Union during the Civil War and brought about emancipation of the slaves. On his North American tour Trollope visited Washington, where the 200,000 soldiers disturbed him. He attended the Congress and the Senate. Here Sumner's speech on the boarding of the British vessel Trent to remove two Confederate diplomats did not impress him. He wrote to Kate Field : ‘I have seen most of the bigwigs here except the President, but have not as yet been to the White House’ (...

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The Oxford Companion to Military History

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..., Abraham ( 1809–65 ), US Pres and American civil war leader. His election was the proximate cause of the conflict and his political views shaped it. He was adamant that slavery was not the issue, but rather whether his vision of a unified continental empire would prevail over his opponents' traditional belief in a free association of sovereign states. Fort Sumter controlled the port of Charleston and symbolized his commitment to tariffs and economic autarky, bitterly opposed by the free-trading South. By deliberately provoking hostilities there, he...

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