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Product Details

  • Series: Concise Lincoln Library
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st Edition edition (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809330350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809330355
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Knowing Abraham Lincoln is impossible and studying him is like trying to sip from the 'Fountain of Liberty' or make tea from the Constitution--he is not for the faint of heart. But reading SIU Press's Concise Lincoln Library offers something for every thirst. Deep drinkers and first-time students of the Civil War and Lincoln studies will come back for more, and this series will more than fill the glass." 
—William Furry, executive director, Illinois State Historical Society

"This must surely be the best brief account of the 1860 election available. Green has crafted a fast-paced narrative of one of the most exciting electoral contests in history. The well-known characters involved-Seward, Chase, Douglas, and, of course, Lincoln-take on new life as Green recounts their dazzling political skills and occasional foibles. Filled with great anecdotes but informed by the best of recent scholarship, this is the book to read to get a quick glimpse into the whirlwind of politics on the eve of the Civil War."-Michael Vorenberg, author of Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment

“Green gives readers a seat at Lincoln’s elbow during the 1860 campaign, revealing the candidate’s principles and political savvy. We watch as Lincoln courts friends, soothes opponents, and plots his own election, all while maintaining the illusion that he is above the fray. Green’s extensive research and deep knowledge of the era give us an engaging and definitive picture of why the 1860 election turned out the way it did, and just what kind of a man it put into the presidency.” —Heather Cox Richardson, author of West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War

“Anyone who wonders how and why Abraham Lincoln became the nation’s sixteenth president will find the answers in this lucid and insightful account.” —Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University

"Michael Green has produced a well-written and lively account of Abraham Lincoln and the election of 1860 that will appeal to both scholars and general readers. Scholars will appreciate the synthesis of generations of scholarship and Green's eye for quotes that are both uncommon and telling. General readers will enjoy the lively and crisp narrative that unfolds the dramatic events of how Abraham Lincoln became president of the United States."-Andrew Slap, author of The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era

"Deeply researched, thoughtfully structured, and written in an eloquent and highly readable language, the book offers a concise, coherent, and insightful account of how Lincoln won the most important presidential election in the nation's history. With fresh materials, insights, and wit, Lincoln and the Election of 1860 advances our understanding of not only how Lincoln had been produced by his time but more importantly how he, through the election, had evolved from a politician into a statesman with the ability to strike a perfect balance between personal ambition and commitment to the party's and nation's cause. The book is indisputably an essential reading for Civil War and Lincoln studies, as well as a classical manual of party politics of nineteenth-century United States."-Xi Wang, author of The Trial of Democracy: Black Suffrage and Northern Republicans, 1860-1910

120Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONE"Abraham Lincoln was a pivotal figure in 19th Century American history. Adding to the growing library of Lincoln Studies are four volumes newly published by the Southern Illinois University Press. "Lincoln and the Election of 1860" (9780809330355, $19.95, 144 pages) by Michael S. Green focuses upon the political acumen of Abraham Lincoln in one of the most critically important presidential campaigns...120Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONEEach of these informed and informative titles is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Lincoln Studies and 19th Century American History collections." --James A. Cox

(James A. Cox The Midwest Book Review 2011-12-01)

About the Author

Michael S. Green, a professor of history at the College of Southern Nevada, is the author of seven books, including Politics and America in Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War and Freedom,Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party during the Civil War.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Civil War Librarian on May 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lincoln And The Election of 1860, Michael S. Green,152, pp., Southern Illinois University Press, 2011, bibliographic notes, index, $19.95.

One of the new titles in Southern Illinois University's Concise Lincoln Library series, Lincoln And The Election of 1860 is a fine work. Michael S. Green's narrative is clear and direct; every sentence is lean and concise; the pace never falters. Events, decisions, and personalities are described by to-the-point anecdotes and on-the-money-quotations. Green offers the best of recent Lincoln and American political party scholarship. Elbow by elbow conversations reveal the principles and political savvy, the borders and brinksmanship of Lincoln, his allies and his opponents.

Green's first two chapters offer a cogent description of the American political party system to 1850. He captures the essence of the era's politics with two quotations from Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson's 1801 inaugural address 'We are all republicans; we are all federalists' statement is contrasted by his later statement in a letter that 'I shall . . . sink federalism into an abyss from which there shall be no resurrection for it.' The first and second party systems, the founding of the Whig Party, and the great debates of the 1850s are fully sketched.

The Republican field of candidates, Lincoln's perception of himself and his perception of how others view him is the cornerstone of the book. Greene relies upon Lincoln's remarks and those of others to clarify the issues. The Constitution, the federal union, the election of 1860 are offered as understood by those at that time. Eager to give no offense to others, Lincoln creates a meandering path to the White House; others paint themselves into a corner and Lincoln keeps his feet out of their paint.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James D. Miller on June 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Abraham Lincoln is among the rarest of historical figures, in that the more you read about him, the more compelling he becomes. Readers quickly devour the multitude of books published about him every year.

Southern Illinois University Press is bringing together a vast array of Lincoln scholars to elaborate on the life and times of our sixteenth president and his legacy. The Concise Lincoln Library is a buffet of short, focused books, each concentrating on different areas of Lincoln's life.

Contributing to the series is Michael S. Green, professor of history at the College of Southern Nevada, who has written Lincoln and the Election of 1860. Before getting into the meat and potatoes of one America's most divisive election Mr. Green first serves his first two chapters as appetizers, covering the establishment of America's political parties, the fall of the Whigs and the rise of the Republican Party.

As a side dish, Mr. Green's linear narrative deftly covers Lincoln's early political career before presenting us with the main course, the presidential election of 1860. He demonstrates Lincoln's masterful manipulation of back-room machinations of the Republican convention to gain the party's nomination. A sauce of Lincoln's opponents for the office of President of the United States enhances the flavor of the high stakes involved the election. A discussion of Lincoln's behind-the-scenes political finesse in the run up to his election as president is the red meat at the center of the meal, though by comparison to the other items accompanying it on the plate it seems a bit small. A desert of a brief analysis of how and why Lincoln won the election immediately follows.
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we needed it for an MBA presentation on management and it definitely helped provide some more details on the election.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Agosta on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Green has written a very concise, informative study of the 1860 election. Unlike far too many academic tomes, Dr. Green's prose is breezy and easy, and doesn't suffer from the plethora of indirect sentences that plaque too many works by professional historians.

Dr. Green peppers the election with anecdotes and ties the state of US politics in 1860 to the decades of conflict that it followed.

Anyone looking for a thorough but concise study of this very important period of US history should buy this work.
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