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By Lord Charnwood, Peter W. Schramm

ISBN-10: 1461662729

ISBN-13: 9781461662723

No different narrative account of Abraham Lincoln's existence has encouraged such frequent and lasting acclaim as Charnwood's Abraham Lincoln: A Biography. Written by way of a local of britain and initially released in 1916, the biography is a unprecedented mix of lovely prose and profound ancient perception. Charnwood's learn of Lincoln's statesmanship brought generations of american citizens to the lifestyles and politics of Lincoln and the author's observations are so complete and well-supported that any critical research of Lincoln needs to reply to his conclusions.

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In this connection we must recall the period at which the earliest settlers came from England, and the political heritage which they consequently brought with them. This heritage included a certain aptitude for local government, which was fostered in the south by the rise of a class of large landowners and in the north by the Congregational Church system. It included also a great tenacity of the subject’s rights as against the State—the spirit of Hampden refusing payment of ship-money—and a disposition to look on the law and the Courts as the bulwarks of such rights against Government.

There have been more books written about Abraham Lincoln than any other historical figure, save Jesus Christ and Shakespeare. Why then is there no greater understanding or appreciation of Lincoln, of his speeches and actions, of the things for which he stood? Ironically, it is due in large measure to the way he has been treated by scholars and biographers. The historical record has been revised too many times to count. It has been argued that Lincoln brought on a needless war, in part to fulfill his huge ambition; that he was a self-made Caesar who falsified American history for his own self-aggrandizement.

There had arisen from this a combat, of which the details might displease the fastidious, but which was noble in so far that Abraham rescued a weaker combatant who was overmatched. But there ensued something more displeasing, a series of lampoons by Abraham, in prose and a kind of verse. These were gross and silly enough, though probably to the taste of the public which he then addressed, but it is the sequel that matters. In a work called “The First Chronicles of Reuben,” it is related how Reuben and Josiah, the sons of Reuben Grigsby the elder, took to themselves wives on the same day.

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