David Herbert Donald, Lincoln biographer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has revised and updated his classic and influential book on Lincoln and the era he dominated.
When Lincoln Reconsidered was first published it ushered in the process of rethinking the Civil War that continues to this day. In the third edition, David provides two important new essays, on Lincoln's patchy education—which we find was more extensive than even the great man realized—and on Lincoln's complex and conflicted relationship to the rule of law. Together with a new preface and a thoroughly updated bibliographical essay, Lincoln Reconsidered will continue to be a touchstone of Lincoln scholarship for decades to come.
Table of Contents
O N E Getting Right with Lincoln
T W O The Folklore Lincoln
T H R E E Toward a Reconsideration of Abolitionists
F O U R An Excess of Democracy: The American Civil War and the Social Process
F I V E Education Defective: Lincoln’s Preparation for Greatness
S I X Herndon and Mary Lincoln
S E V E N Refighting the Civil War
E I G H T The Radicals and Lincoln
N I N E Abraham Lincoln and the American Pragmatic Tradition
T E N A Whig in the White House
E L E V E N Reverence for the Laws: Abraham Lincoln and the Founding Fathers
David Donald is the author of many books on the Civil War era, including the classic text The Civil War and Reconstruction, written in collaboration with J. G. Randall, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War, as well as the biography Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe.
“A common sense, witty, and erudite analysis.”–The Atlantic