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Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction

Allen C. Guelzo

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780195367805
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365661 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780195367805.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction

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Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction explores the problems that confronted Lincoln and liberal democracy — equality, opportunity, the rule of law, slavery, freedom, and reconciliation. These problems and Lincoln's responses to them are set against the larger world of American and trans-Atlantic liberal democracy in the nineteenth century. Lincoln is shown to be an Enlightenment figure, who struggled to create a common ground between a people focused on individual rights and a society eager to establish a certain moral, philosophical, and intellectual bedrock. Lincoln insisted that liberal democracy had a higher purpose, which was the realization of a morally right political order.

Keywords: Henry Clay; David Davis; Jefferson Davis; Andrew Jackson; Thomas Jefferson; Abraham Lincoln; Thomas Paine; James Knox Polk; popular sovereignty; Roger Brooke Taney; Zachary Taylor

Book.  160 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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