Vindicating Lincoln

Vindicating Lincoln

Defending the Politics of Our Greatest President

Book - 2008
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In this reasoned argument against the prevailing orthodoxies of the right, left, and center, Krannawitter takes on all of Lincoln's detractors and reasserts his contemporary relevance. A heady mix of narrative history and political insights, Vindicating Lincoln reveals a man whose political and moral example sets him apart as the greatest President of the United States of America.
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers : Distributed by National Book Network, c2008.
ISBN: 9780742559721
Call Number: 973.7092 KRANNAWITTER
Characteristics: xv, 355 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Subjects: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Political and social views.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865.
United States -- Politics and government -- Philosophy.


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May 02, 2017

This is an excellent book which addresses a number of contentious issues surrounding Lincoln and the Civil War and clarifies some widely held misconceptions. Was the war fought over slavery or states' rights? Over slavery or economics? Was Lincoln a dictator? Did he initiate the modern bureaucratic state? Most important though is what Krannawitter has to say about Lincoln's views on race and slavery and on the founding fathers. Drawing heavily on Lincoln's own speeches and writing and those of his contemporaries, he makes a convincing case that Lincoln's positions and policies from the 1850s to his death were directed toward ending slavery while staying within the parameters of the Constitution because he believed that the country's founding principle was that "all men are created equal," and preserving the Constitution was key to ensuring that that principle would endure.


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