Sidney Blumenthal - Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856

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Blumenthal, a former Washington Post reporter, opened his magisterial Political Life of Abraham Lincoln with A Self-Made Man, a detailed portrait of the future president as a young lawyer. In the second volume of his projected three-part study he focuses on the years between 1849 and 1856, a period when Lincoln was tested personally and politically. A member of the Whig Party, Lincoln was without a political home when the Whigs dissolved in 1852. Galvanized by his differences with Stephen Douglas, he ran for the Senate in 1855 and spoke out so forcefully against his rival’s alliance with Southern slave-owners that though Lincoln lost the race, his eloquence and courage gained him supporters. During his brief exile in Illinois, Lincoln helped form the new Republican Party and developed the convictions that would win him the White House.

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ISBN: 9781501153785
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 16th, 2017

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