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Abraham Lincoln and the Union; a chronicle of the embattled North   By: (1867-1935)

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Abraham Lincoln and the Union: A Chronicle of the Embattled North is an enlightening historical account that delves deep into one of the most transformative periods in the United States. In this meticulously researched and expertly written book, Nathaniel W. Stephenson presents a comprehensive analysis of President Lincoln's leadership during the Civil War.

Stephenson's prose captivates readers from the very beginning. The author masterfully balances historical detail with an engaging narrative style, making this book accessible to both academia and general readers interested in American history. The meticulousness of Stephenson's research shines through, with each chapter building upon the last, providing a clear and richly detailed picture of the political, social, and military events that shaped the Union.

One of the greatest strengths of this book lies in its portrayal of Abraham Lincoln himself. Stephenson presents Lincoln as a complex and multifaceted leader, showcasing both his strengths and flaws. The author skillfully navigates the intricate web of political alliances, highlighting Lincoln's ability to create consensus and navigate the treacherous waters of a divided nation. Stephenson's portrayal of Lincoln redefines the reader's understanding of the 16th President, shedding light on the challenges he faced while preserving the Union.

While the book primarily focuses on Lincoln, Stephenson also offers insightful perspectives on the key individuals who surrounded and influenced him. Characters such as General Ulysses S. Grant, Secretary of State William Henry Seward, and Generals George B. McClellan and William T. Sherman come to life through Stephenson's vivid descriptions and well-researched anecdotes. By examining these individuals, the author skillfully reveals the complexities of their relationships with Lincoln and their contributions to the Union cause.

Another noteworthy aspect of this book is its exploration of the social and cultural context of the times. Stephenson provides a vivid portrayal of the North's societal landscape, highlighting the tensions between the opposing factions, the anti-war sentiment, and the experiences of African Americans during the era of emancipation. By contextualizing the war within a broader societal framework, Stephenson underscores the significance of Lincoln's decisions and the impact they had on the nation's trajectory.

Though the subject matter can be complex, Stephenson's clear and concise writing style keeps readers engaged throughout. The author's ability to craft a compelling narrative out of a multitude of intricate details is commendable. Moreover, the inclusion of maps and illustrations enhances the reading experience, providing readers with a visual aid to better understand the geographical and strategic dimensions of the war.

In conclusion, Abraham Lincoln and the Union: A Chronicle of the Embattled North is an exceptional historical work that should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in understanding the legacy of President Lincoln and the Civil War. Stephenson's meticulous research, engaging prose, and insightful analysis make this book an indispensable resource for scholars, students, and history enthusiasts alike. It illuminates the transformative period in American history, while offering a nuanced perspective on the man who guided the nation through its darkest hour.

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Volume 29 In The Chronicles Of America Series

By Nathaniel W. Stephenson

Allen Johnson, Editor

New Haven: Yale University Press Toronto: Glasgow

Brook & Co. London: Humphrey Milford

Oxford University Press



In spite of a lapse of sixty years, the historian who attempts to portray the era of Lincoln is still faced with almost impossible demands and still confronted with arbitrary points of view. It is out of the question, in a book so brief as this must necessarily be, to meet all these demands or to alter these points of view. Interests that are purely local, events that did not with certainty contribute to the final outcome, gossip, as well as the mere caprice of the scholar these must obviously be set aside.

The task imposed upon the volume resolves itself, at bottom, into just two questions: Why was there a war? Why was the Lincoln Government successful? With these two questions always in mind I have endeavored, on the one hand, to select and consolidate the pertinent facts; on the other, to make clear, even at the cost of explanatory comment, their relations in the historical sequence of cause and effect. This purpose has particularly governed the use of biographical matter, in which the main illustration, of course, is the career of Lincoln... Continue reading book >>

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