By Herman Belz
This extraordinary portrait of Abraham Lincoln present in this publication is drawn fullyyt from the writing of his contemporaries and extends from his political beginnings in Springfield to his assassination. It unearths a extra seriously beleaguered, much less godlike, and eventually a richer Lincoln than has come via some of the biographies of Lincoln written at a distance after his dying. to those that are typical merely with a number of the retouchedversions of Lincoln's lifestyles, Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait can be a welcome-if occasionally surprising-addition to the literature surrounding the guy who's might be the critical determine in all of yankee heritage. The brutality, certainly that malignancy of a few of the therapy Lincoln acquired by the hands of the click could surprise these readers who think the second one 1/2 the 20 th century has a monopoly at the journalism of insult, outrage, and indignation. That Lincoln acted with the calm and readability he did less than the barrage of such assaults can in basic terms improve his stature as one of many nice political leaders of any kingdom at any time.
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In the post-New Deal era of disenchantment with centralized national supremacy, however, which is also the era of federally mandated affirmative action policies that confer benefits on members of protected racial groups, these assumptions may need reexamination. This book seeks to illuminate the Civil War and Reconstruction as a constitutive national experience that in critical respects established the ground of modern American politics. Most of the essays have been previously published and appear here in revised form.
In the struggle against Nazi and Communist tyranny, the value of capitalist industrial production and sovereign national authority for the defense of liberty was apparent. The struggle against tyranny in world politics in turn focused attention on a moral-political conflict in American politics for which the Civil War was of the utmost relevance and significance. 12 In the 1950s and 1960s the civil rights movement was a political and legal effort to enforce constitutional guarantees established in Reconstruction, and for generations nullified in the South with the acquiescence of the national government.
The establishment of national civil rights policy involved the extension of concepts of liberty and equality in the original Constitution that were in principle racially neutral, although limited in their practical application by prudential considerations and competition for power between the states in the federal system. Reconstruction is the third basic component of the Second American Revolution thesis examined in this book. If the war was a revolution, then Reconstruction as a confirmation of the results of the war was by definition a revolutionary process.