Eight Weeks in Washington, 1861

Abraham Lincoln and the Hazards of Transition
Author(s): Richard J. Tofel
Original Publish Date: Feb 11, 2011
Product Number: EB00096129
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429928434
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A close look at the first eight weeks after Abraham Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861, reveals a time when the fate of the nation's capital, certainly of the Lincoln Administration, and perhaps of the nation itself, seemed very much in doubt. This is a story of a president uncertain and sometimes amateurish, of a man not yet fully recognized as a legitimate leader, of an executive anxious to the point of illness, of a beleaguered figure, occasionally despairing, but also starting to find his footing. Lincoln himself soon remembered it as the most troubled and anxious time of his life, one that might actually have threatened his physical survival. In a sense, it is a story of Abraham Lincoln the human being beginning to become the Abraham Lincoln we now recall.

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