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Lincoln before Washington NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE ILLINOIS YEARS by Douglas L. Wilson



Lincoln before Washington NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE ILLINOIS YEARS by Douglas L. Wilson

The provocative selections in this book address topics as disparate as William H. Herndon and his informants, Lincoln's favorite poem, his mysterious broken engagement, the text of his debates with Stephen A. Douglas, and a previously unknown assault on Peter Cartwright. They also provide a fresh look at some of the affinities between Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.


Wilson, using Herndon's research, not only examines the affinities between Lincoln and Jefferson but also Lincoln's relationships with Ann Rutledge and Mary Todd, his love of poetry, his belief in the tenets of the Declaration of Independence, and Herndon's legacy. With these essays, Wilson emphasizes the value of Herndon's informants and their insights into the young and maturing Lincoln... The challenge to know Lincoln continues, and this book is an important contribution. -- Patricia Ann Owens, Journal of Illinois History

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Publication date

1st March 1998


Douglas L. Wilson

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University of Illinois Press


208 pages


Biography: historical, political & military
History of the Americas
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900



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