Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856

Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856 Author Sidney Blumenthal
ISBN-10 1501153781
ISBN-13 9781501153785
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 608
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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Volume II of Sidney Blumenthals acclaimed landmark biography The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln reveals the future presidents genius during the most decisive period of his political life when he seizes the moment finds his voice and helps create a new political party In 1849 Abraham Lincoln seems condemned to political isolation and defeat His Whig Party is broken in the 1852 election and disintegrates His perennial rival Stephen Douglas forges an alliance with the Southern senators and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis Violent struggle breaks out on the plains of Kansas a prelude to the Civil War Lincoln rises to the occasion Only he can take on Douglas in Illinois and he finally delivers the dramatic speech that leaves observers stunned In 1855 he makes a race for the Senate which he loses when he throws his support to a rival to prevent the election of a proslavery candidate Now in Wrestling With His Angel Sidney Blumenthal explains how Lincoln and his friends operate behind the scenes to destroy the anti immigrant party in Illinois to clear the way for a new Republican Party Lincoln takes command and writes its first platform and vaults onto the national stage as the leader of a party that will launch him to the presidency The Washington Monthly hailed Blumenthals Volume I as splendidno one can come away from reading A Self Made Man without eagerly anticipating the ensuing volumes Now in one of the greatest American success stories Wrestling With His Angel brings Lincoln from the wilderness to the peak of his career as he takes control of the nations most profound spiritual crisisslaveryand enters the battle for the nations soul

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