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Shapings in the Postwar Years

Merrill D. Peterson

in Lincoln in American Memory

Published in print July 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096453
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853939 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096453.003.0002
Shapings in the Postwar Years

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This chapter discusses the implications of Abraham Lincoln's death to the Reconstruction era. He was not able to fulfill his own reconstruction plan while he lived, as it was evident in his last public address that he was appealing for the Louisiana plan. The public reception to Andrew Johnson's succession to the presidency. This chapter also discusses the Negro suffrage and the effect of Lincoln's death to the right of the Negroes, the effect of his assassination to the Lost Cause, the issues surrounding Lincoln's burial and memorial, and also the book published by Lizzy Keckley, Mrs. Lincoln's friend, about life inside the White House. The chapter also discusses the biographies written by some authors including Joseph H. Barrett, Josiah Holland and William H. Herndon.

Keywords: Reconstruction era; Louisiana plan; Louisiana plan; Andrew Johnson; Negro suffrage; Lost Cause; Lizzy Keckley; biographies

Chapter.  20013 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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