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Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait (The North's Civil War) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0823220618
ISBN-10: 0823220613
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a[A Press Portrait] . . . reminds us of the bitterness and tension of the Civil War years, and Mr. Mitgangas anthology helps us to see the wartime President as he appeared to his own generation.a

About the Author

Herbert Mitgang is an author, playwright, journalist, and teacher. He is author or editor of 15 books in the fields of history, law, literature, reportage and fiction for which he has received wide recognition and numerous awards.

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Product Details

  • Series: The North's Civil War (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press; 2nd edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823220613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823220618
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,663,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on May 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book, first published in 1971, presents the life and career of Abraham Lincoln through the pages of the newspapers that covered it. This work is, therefore, essentially a biography written with multiple voices and from differing perspectives by the journalists who watched Lincoln's public life. It contains all of the virtues and vices of the reportorial profession. At times the reprinted articles are eloquent and insightful, at others they present gross inaccuracies and exaggerations. All come together to offer a complex portrait of arguably the most significant president of the American republic. Overall, they offer a fascinating representation of Abraham Lincoln and his times.
Editor Herbert Mitgang makes clear that the individual articles reprinted in this collection should never be considered objective accounts of Lincoln's activities. Instead, the newspapers of that era were overtly partisan. Even a relatively small city like Lincoln's Springfield, Illinois, had two newspapers, one ardently supportive of Lincoln and the Republicans, the other rabidly hostile. And both reported the same events in strikingly different ways. Readers see repeatedly in this collection the differing reportage of events in Lincoln's life. For instance, accounts of the Lincoln-Douglas debates are sensationalized toward one side or the other depending on the political allegiance of the newspaper reporting them. Mitgang appropriately notes that these reports "presented history in the rough" (p. xxiv).
While this collection ranges across the life of Abraham Lincoln, well over two-thirds of the work is devoted to his presidential career and the Union's victory in the Civil War against the Confederacy.
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