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p. ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

Since it declared its independence from England in 1776, America has looked for heroes to lead the country and its people. The story of America and its quest for independence, justice, and equality is the story of heroic individuals. Fortunately, however, this heroism was...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

In her Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin describes a 1908 exchange between Leo Tolstoy and tribal people living in a remote mountain village of Eurasia. During that visit, at the tribal chief’s...

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1. The Prairie Boy from Middle-of-Nowhere, USA

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pp. 7-12

A hero may emerge in myriad forms. Heroes may be rich or poor, famous or inconspicuous, but if there’s one common thread that unites so many American heroes, it is that they are grounded by their humble beginnings. Abraham Lincoln is one of the...

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2. Lincoln as a Lawyer: The Foundation of a Hero

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pp. 13-23

It was not an accident that Lincoln became a hero or a mythic legend. His career served as an opportunity to sow the seeds of leadership that he collected through his observation and study of others during his childhood. Before he was president of the...

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3. Lincoln's Introduction to Politics

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pp. 24-30

Success does not always come easy for all heroes, but the failures that many incur have often only made them stronger and more determined. Undeterred by his loss at the age of twenty-three in his bid for a seat as a representative in the Illinois General...

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4. Finding a Hero in a Military Neophyte

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pp. 31-42

Some say that great leaders are born, not made. They believe that there are individuals who are destined to rise to leadership when needed. If this is true, there is virtually no explanation for Abraham Lincoln, a simple prairie boy from Middle-of-Nowhere...

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5. Courage to Undertake These Extraconstitutional Measures

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pp. 43-56

Chief among the characteristics that make a great leader a hero is that of courage. The circumstances that gave rise to the Civil War that Lincoln inherited as president presented opportunity after opportunity for Lincoln to demonstrate his unwavering courage...

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6. The Emancipation Proclamation

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pp. 57-69

Even as a young lawyer in the nation’s heartland, Abraham Lincoln understood that the promise of the Declaration of Independence rang hollow for the millions of black persons held in slavery. The single trait that Lincoln carried with him from the practice...

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7. The Assassination and Apotheosis of a Hero

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pp. 70-78

England’s Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin once observed: “Contemporary judgments were illusory; look at Lincoln’s case, how in his lifetime he was thought to be a clumsy lumbering countryman, blundering along without knowing where he was going...

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8. A Great American Hero

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pp. 79-83

When America became an independent nation in 1776, the founding fathers provided the country with a unique sense of identity. It would be established not on a common faith, language, or ethnicity but on a set of beliefs and democratic values...

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Acknowledgments

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p. 87

This book could not have been written without the invaluable assistance of my former law clerk and research assistant Nicole Benjamin. To her I owe much as I do William D. Pederson, who gave the manuscript a good read, offering many valuable suggestions...

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pp. 89-101

Notes

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pp. 103-114

Index

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pp. 115-120

Author Biography

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p. 121

The Concise Lincoln Library

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p. 122

Back Cover

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