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Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President
During the Civil War, Americans felt themselves to be on intimate terms with their commander in chief, sending President Abraham Lincoln between two hundred and five hundred pieces of mail every day—letters that expressed the concerns, aspirations, grievances, and obsessions of the nation. Ranging from weighty political tomes to greetings accompanying homespun gifts, the l ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 20th 2006 by Southern Illinois University Press
(first published 1993)
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I enjoyed this perspective on the people who wrote to President Lincoln. Quite a range of folks - some high in power; others from the most disadvantaged in society. Some who supported him fully; others who thought he was a menace to society. In some ways not so different from our own time!