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The Lincoln miracle : inside the Republican convention that changed history / Edward Achorn.

Achorn, Edward, (author.).


"The vivid, behind-the-scenes story of perhaps the most consequential political moment in America's history--Abraham Lincoln's epochal nomination as the Republican Party's candidate for president in 1860. Illinois lawyer Abraham Lincoln had a record of political failure. In 1858, he had lost a celebrated Senate bid against incumbent Stephen Douglas, his second failed Senate run, and had not held public office since one term in Congress a decade earlier. As the Republican National Convention opened in mid-May 1860 in Chicago, New York Senator William Seward was the overwhelming favorite for the presidential nomination, with Salmon Chase and Edward Bates in the running. Few thought Lincoln stood a chance--though Illinois judge David Davis had come to fight for his friend anyway. Such was the political landscape as Edward Achorn's The Lincoln Miracle opens on Saturday, May 12, 1860. Chronicling the tense political drama as it unfolded over the next six days, Achorn explores the genius of Lincoln's quiet strategy, the vicious partisanship tearing apart America over racism and slavery, and booming Chicago as a symbol of the modernization transforming the nation. Closely following the shrewd insiders on hand, from Seward power broker Thurlow Weed to editor Horace Greeley, Achorn brings alive arguably the most important political turning point in our history. From smoky hotel rooms to night marches by the Wide Awakes, the new Republican youth organization, to fiery speeches on the floor of the giant convention center called The Wigwam, Achorn portrays a political climate even more contentious than our own today, out of which the seemingly impossible long shot prevailed. As atmospheric and original as Achorn's previous Every Drop of Blood, The Lincoln Miracle is essential reading for any Lincoln aficionado as it is for anyone who cares about our nation's history"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780802160621
  • ISBN: 080216062X
  • Physical Description: viii, 516 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Such a sucker as me -- Unconscious strength -- The irrepressible conflict -- Temple of liberty -- Star after star -- The man in the white coat -- The taste is in my mouth -- River of iron -- Deutsches haus -- Moving heaven and earth -- Things is working -- For want of tally sheets -- Lincoln ain't here -- Yonder goes Lincoln -- The dirty-shirt ticket -- Six feet four -- The people decide -- Unconscious instruments.
Subject: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 > Political career before 1861.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Republican National Convention (2nd : 1860 : Chicago, Ill.)
Presidents > United States > Election > 1860.
United States > Politics and government > 1857-1861.

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North Kansas City Public Library 324.973 ACHORN 2023 (Text) 0001012504880 Nonfiction Available -

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