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Judging Lincoln
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Judging Lincoln collects nine of the most insightful essays on the topic of the sixteenth president written by Frank J. Williams, chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and one of the nation’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln. For Judge Williams, Lincoln remains the central figure of the American experience—past, present, and future.
 
Williams begins with a survey of the interest in—and influence of—Lincoln both at home and abroad and then moves into an analysis of Lincoln’s personal character with respect to his ability to foster relationships of equality among his intimates.
Williams then addresses Lincoln’s leadership abilities during the span of his career, with particular emphasis on the Civil War.  Next, he compares the qualities of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill. The final essay, cowritten with Mark E. Neely Jr., concerns collecting Lincoln artifacts as a means of preserving and fostering the Lincoln legacy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xxvi
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  1. 1. Abraham Lincoln, Our Ever-Present Contemporary
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. “A Matter of Profound Wonder”: The Women in Lincoln’s Life
  2. pp. 17-33
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  1. 3. Abraham Lincoln: Commander in Chief or “Attorney in Chief”?
  2. pp. 34-59
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  1. 4. Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties: The Corning Letter
  2. pp. 60-79
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  1. 5. Abraham Lincoln: The President and George Gordon Meade—An Evolving Commander in Chief
  2. pp. 80-92
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  1. 6. A View from the Field: The Soldiers’ Vote for Abraham Lincoln’s Reelection
  2. pp. 93-127
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  1. 7. The End of Slavery: Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment —What Did He Know and When He Did Know It?
  2. pp. 128-145
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  1. 8. Warrior, Communitarian, and Echo: The Leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Franklin D.Roosevelt
  2. pp. 146-162
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  1. 9. Lincoln Collecting: What’s Left?
  2. pp. 163-178
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 183-192
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 193-204
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