By Lord Charnwood, Peter W. Schramm

No different narrative account of Abraham Lincoln's existence has encouraged such common and lasting acclaim as Charnwood's Abraham Lincoln: A Biography. Written via a local of britain and initially released in 1916, the biography is a unprecedented mixture of gorgeous prose and profound old perception. Charnwood's learn of Lincoln's statesmanship brought generations of american citizens to the existence and politics of Lincoln and the author's observations are so complete and well-supported that any severe learn of Lincoln needs to reply to his conclusions.

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Although he lost the election for the United States Senate in 1858, Lincoln had become a large national figure. By the time of the Republican convention in 1860, Lincoln was recognized as a spokesman for moderation during times that were in crying need of it. ” On the other hand he understood that the Constitution allowed slavery to exist, and that there was no constitutional way of ending it where it existed. Yet, he argued, the federal government did have the authority to prevent its expansion.

I’m not reading, I’m studying,’ says he. ’ says I. ‘Law’ says he, as proud as Cicero. ” The boy’s correction, “studying” for “reading,” was impertinent, but probably sound. To be equally sound, we must reckon among his educational facilities the abundant stories which came his way in a community which, however unlettered, was certainly not dull-spirited; the occasional newspaper; the rare lectures or political meetings; the much more frequent religious meetings, with preachers who taught a grim doctrine, but who preached with vigour and sometimes with the deepest sincerity; the hymns often of great emotional power over a simple congregation—Cowper’s “There is a fountain filled with blood,” is one recorded favourite among them; the songs, far other than hymns, which Dennis Hanks and his other mates would pick up or compose; and the practice in rhetoric and the art of exposition, which he unblushingly afforded himself before audiences of fellow labourers who welcomed the jest and the excuse for stopping work.

The epoch of the Revolution and the Constitution has been regarded as a heroic age—wherein lived the elder Brutus, Mucius Scaevola, Claelia and the rest—to be followed by almost continuous disappointment, disillusionment and decline. A more pleasing and more bracing view is nearer to the historic truth. The faults of a later time were largely survivals, and the later history is largely that of growth though in the face of terrific obstacles and many influences that favoured decay. The nobility of the Revolution in the eighteenth century may be rated higher or lower, but in the Civil War, in which the elder brothers of so many men now living bore their part, the people of the North and of the South alike displayed far more heroic qualities.

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