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Lincoln Reconsidered

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Why did the North win the Civil War?

What accounted for Lincoln's success as a wartime statesman?

What factors brought about sectionalism during the pre-war decades?

What is the meaning of the Lincoln legend for contemporary America?

In light of new techniques for research in the social sciences, Professor David Donald presents his brilliant reinterpretations of Civil War issu
Paperback, 273 pages
Published May 14th 1989 by Vintage (first published 1956)
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Jim Gallen
Feb 22, 2015 Jim Gallen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Lincoln Reconsidered” is a collection of essays on the Civil War Era with a focus, naturally enough, on Abraham Lincoln. They reexamine several aspects of the Lincoln Lore, things that have become standard but deserve a new look. Author David Donald looks at how later politicians have tried to “Get Right With Lincoln” and claim him as their own, and he steps behind the unflattering portrait of Mary created by William Herndon. Donald studies the Abolitionists’ positions and motivations and prese ...more
Fenixbird SandS
"Mr. Donald was a historian of Abraham Lincoln+ Civil War who won Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies of the abolitionist statesman Charles Sumner + the novelist Thomas Wolfe." In honor of the late David Herbert Donald, Writer on Lincoln, Dies at 88
By WILLIAM GRIMES (NY Times May, 2009)
Donna Davis
I received this DRC free in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to Net Galley and Open Road Integrated Media for letting me read it; Donald won the Pulitzer for his Lincoln biography, and I was sure this series of essays written for the purpose of dismantling myths surrounding the most revered president ever to occupy the White House would be hidden treasure rediscovered. What a crushing disappointment.

In the introduction, Herbert mentions that his section on abolitionists has drawn a grea
Apr 12, 2016 Memphistigergal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that I was very skeptical of this book. However, once I started this collection of essays, I was hooked. What was the most fascinating part was the realization that the political scene hasn't changed in several hundred years. This story about Lincoln and the events that followed his assassination were things I could easily see going on today. I feel that Lincoln was used as a political pawn for years after his death. In fact, the historical view of Lincoln was more attributed to fol ...more
Lynn Mackaben
Feb 04, 2015 Lynn Mackaben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an amazing book! Written by the winner of 2 Pulitzer Prizes, the book peels away the myths surrounding Lincoln, one by one. I was astounded by how much trash I believed, indeed, was taught in school. The unsettling result is that I now have no concept of the real Lincoln because even Lincoln manipulated his image. I know what he was NOT.
This book is a "must read" for Lincoln/history/Civil War buffs!
John E
Jul 02, 2015 John E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and well presented essays on Lincoln and the Civil War. The essay on Western Literature didn't really fit with the others, but I didn't seem to mind. Requires a fair background in the War and substantial knowledge on Lincoln to understand why the essays were written and why they are important.
Feb 09, 2015 Billy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a thought-provoking, original and ground-breaking reappraisal of Lincoln and his times. These essays will enlarge and enrich oner's understanding of this crucial era in the American experience.
Carl Stevens
Dec 09, 2015 Carl Stevens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novelists need to know Lincoln.
Mar 16, 2013 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of American History
Recommended to Brent by: the author
After reading Donald's fabulous one-volume biography of Lincoln, from late 1990s in mid 2000s, I bought this revision of his fifty-year old essays on Lincoln. He's pretty good! Kept my attention.
Highly recommended.
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Lincoln Reconsidered - Essays on the Civil War Era by David Donald (1961)
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Majoring in history and sociology, Donald earned his bachelor degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He earned his PhD in 1946 under the eminent, leading Lincoln scholar, James G. Randall at the University of Illinois. Randall as a mentor had a big influence on Donald's life and career, and encouraged his protégé to write his dissertation on Lincoln's law partner, William Herndon. T ...more
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