Abraham Lincoln, President-Elect

The Four Critical Months from Election to Inauguration

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About the Book

Immediately after Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States of America, the nation began to experience extreme turmoil. From his election in November 1860 until his inauguration five months later, Lincoln was pushed, pulled, blamed and praised by all people from all sides as the country began its inevitable slide toward war. Southerners refused to see him as anything but a “Black Republican,” an abolitionist poorly disguised as a moderate who was committed only to destroying their beloved slave system, and with it, their entire way of life. Northerners, meanwhile, pleaded with Lincoln to speak out and reassure the country that his election, and his policies, brought not separation, but harmony.
This engaging work utilizes, in addition to better known works, sources sometimes overlooked or under appreciated: newspaper accounts from across America (particularly from the cities Lincoln passed through on his journey to Washington), journals and diaries of his contemporaries, and correspondence. Lincoln’s speeches also appear here as they did in newspapers in 1860 and 1861; crowd reactions and Lincoln’s occasional banter with individuals who called out to him are faithfully reproduced, as well.

About the Author(s)

Attorney and history teacher Larry D. Mansch is the legal director for the Montana Innocence Project and has written four previous books. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Bibliographic Details

Larry D. Mansch
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 238
Bibliographic Info: 17 photos, maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [2005]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3102-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Prologue: “Honest Old Abe of the West”      3

1. Sangamon      15

2. Moving Heaven and Earth      36

3. Election      50

4. Reaction      61

5. “No Sign Shall Be Given Them”      75

6. Standing Firm      88

7. “The Rubicon Is Now Crossed”      103

8. “The Power of the Lion, the Ravages of the Bear”      115

9. “The Crisis Is All Artificial”      128

10. “I Bring a Heart True to the Work”      153

11. Plums and Nuts      167

12. The First Trick      183

13. Inauguration      195

Notes      209

Bibliography      221

Index      225

Book Reviews & Awards

“admirable…engaging…intrigue and readability…solid book, enticing to read”—The Civil War News; “superb”—Colorado Libraries.