Frontmatter

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First Among Equals

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Contents

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p. vii

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xiv

In 1994, Merrill D. Peterson published his revealing book, Lincoln in American Memory. Most appropriately, he entitled his first chapter, ‘‘Apotheosis,’’ and followed by tracing the deification of the Great Emancipator after his martyr’s death.1 Whether Lincoln’s reputation was in any way comparable while ...

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Chapter 1: Nomination and Election: 1960-1861

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pp. 1-15

Thus, while Lincoln’s comparative lack of recognition in the East has often been asserted, he had long been a source of interest for those who watched political developments. When Springfield Republicans in January 1860 organized a Lincoln Club in order to further his quest for the ...

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Chapter 2: The First Year

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pp. 16-37

If Lincoln was neither totally unknown nor generally disliked prior to his inauguration, his assumption of office certainly made the country familiar with his views afterward, and while his popularity, like that of all presidents, experienced its ups and downs, a number of people were impressed with ...

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Chapter 3: Second Year:Sustaining Popularity

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pp. 38-64

One of Lincoln’s greatest gifts was his uncanny sense of timing. Knowing exactly when to launch a new measure so that it might be adopted, he habitually chose the proper moment to advance administration programs. As Karl Marx observed, ‘‘President Lincoln never ventures a step ...

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Chapter 4: Defeat and Victory

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pp. 65-84

In the year 1863, the nation—as well as the chief executive— was confronted first with defeat, and then with victory, interrupted once again by a setback, but finally ending in the victory at Chattanooga. Notwithstanding the reverses, however, Lincoln’s reputation remained favorable and rose with each new ...

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Chapter 5:Renomination and Reelection

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pp. 85-116

According to Nathan I. Arnold’s recollections, early in 1864 a newspaper editor asked Thaddeus Stevens to introduce him to some member of Congress friendly to Lincoln. Stevens took him to Arnold and said, ‘‘Here’s a man who wants to find a Lincoln member of Congress. You are the ...

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Chapter 6: Triumph and Assassination

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pp. 117-140

After his reelection, Lincoln enjoyed an unprecedented period of increasing popularity. The war was coming to a victorious close, so that it became ever more difficult for his opponents to charge him with inability to overcome the rebellion. Of course it all ended with his assassination, which ...

Notes

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pp. 141-180

Other Works by Hans L. Trefousse

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pp. 181-182

Index

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pp. 183-199