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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Legacy of Lincoln Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159257405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592574056
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,973,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pamela Oldham is a freelance writer based in the Washington, D.C., area. Her articles frequently appear in the Washington Post. Meredith Bean McMath is an authority on 19th-century life and the Civil War era. She produces living history plays, which have been commissioned by numerous museums, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Boursaw on October 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Abraham Lincoln lived more than 100 years ago, but his story is still relevant in our modern world. Lincoln didn't have his success handed to him; he had to go out and earn it, and there were plenty of twists and turns along the way. This rags-to-riches story is something we can all learn from and incorporate into our own lives.

The Legacy of Lincoln takes us from Lincoln's humble beginnings in a small cabin in Kentucky to his presidency and tragic end in 1865. So much of what he accomplished is still felt in our society today. All of these had their beginnings in the Lincoln administration: The Homestead Act, Land Grant Colleges, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the transcontinental railroad, the abolishment of slavery, and much more. Here is a man who truly had the best interest of the American people at heart, and he was willing to fight for the rights and freedoms of ALL people -- rights and freedoms we hold so dear today.

The book also provides extra tidbits such as Lincoln quotes and speeches, trivia, anecdotes, and common misconceptions and myths.

Many thanks to author Pamela Oldham for such an insightful look at both the public and private life of Abraham Lincoln. This book is very readable and gives us a wonderful overview of the man whose life still reverberates in our culture today. It's the perfect book for students first learning about Lincoln, as well as adults wishing to learn more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bobbi J. Dempsey on January 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Even if you think you know all there is to know about Lincoln, this book will contain many revelations. It is way more than a history book. The author thoroughly examines Lincoln's life and analyzes his lasting legacy. I found it very intriguing to learn what a profound effect Lincoln had on the country (and the world) long after his death -- even up to our present times.

This is definitely an engrossing story for readers of all ages.
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This was a surprisingly informative book. Written in easy to understand language, Oldham (with help from McGrath) takes a look at some of the legacies left by the actions of Abraham Lincoln. Six parts are divided into nineteen chapters. The first part gives a truncated historical biography to put the rest into context. The other parts look at Lincoln’s cultural, political, personal liberty, economic development, and societal legacies. Oldham addresses some of the usual topics, such as slavery, but also delves into lesser known topics like Lincoln’s actions related to education, westward migration, and economics. Overall, the book provides many insights into the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and is well worth the read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By illinois history buff on March 10, 2006
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This "Idiot's guide" seems random adn disjointed. Not worth while to purchase if Lincoln facts in context are your goal.
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