And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle (Random House Large Print)

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And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle (Random House Large Print)

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle (Random House Large Print)

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Voice and sound there could be none, nor was there any person to whom God addressed this word of power. This illuminating new portrait gives us a very human Lincoln—an imperfect man whose moral antislavery commitment was essential to the story of justice in America. In the second scene of the third act, Booth snuck to the president’s box, in which he’d carved a small hole.

His numerous New York Times best-selling books include His Truth Is Marching On, The Soul of America, Thomas Jefferson, and Destiny and Power.In a nation shaped by the courage of the enslaved of the era and by the brave witness of Black Americans, Lincoln's story illustrates the ways and means of politics in a democracy, the roots and durability of racism, and the capacity of conscience to shape events. For while Lincoln cannot be wrenched from the context of his particular times, his story illuminates the ways and means of politics, the marshaling of power in a democracy, the durability of racism, and the capacity of conscience to help shape events. And There Was Light (2022) is a biography of Abraham Lincoln that takes a nuanced look at a complex leader. Just as God created the light and separated it from the darkness, Jesus came into the world as a light to redeem mankind. This was a president who led a divided country where the slaveholding South believed that it had God and history on its side.

I also listened to the audiobook (excellently narrated by the author), which ended at about the 41% point of the ebook. Absolute consistency is not a luxury available to the office-seeking and office-holding leaders of a democracy. But writing about “the battle to preserve the possibilities of the American experience,” as he put it, did leave Meacham with a sense of hope for the people of our “fallen, frail and fallible” country. All of which is to say, the book is much shorter and more specific in the treatment of its subject than it may first appear. The fate of the Union, the possibilities of democracy, and the future of slavery, then, were the stakes of a war that Abraham Lincoln chose to wage to total victory—or to defeat.

A week after the battle, The Times published a report from an officer to the War Department, describing the scene: “The storming of the ridge by our troops was one of the greatest miracles in military history. Pulitzer winner Meacham more than justifies yet another Lincoln biography in this nuanced and captivating look at the president's 'struggle to do right as he defined it within the political universe he and his country inhabited'. Another son, Mordecai, “jumped over the fence—ran to the fort” and shot the Indian at a distance of about 160 paces.

A poor condition book can still make a good reading copy but is generally not collectible unless the item is very scarce. His person, countenance, character, and actions, are made the daily contemplation and conversation of the whole people,” Adams wrote in 1790. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made them. Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Meacham follows Lincoln from his rural Kentucky roots to his assassination in 1865, paying close attention to the many influences on his ideas and values.Described as “an uneducated man, a plain unpretending plodding man [who] attended to his work, peaceable good and good natured,” Thomas was hired out for a year with an uncle, Isaac Lincoln, who had settled on the Watauga, a stream of the Holston River in what became upper East Tennessee.

Hated and hailed, excoriated and revered, Abraham Lincoln was at the pinnacle of American power when implacable secessionists gave no quarter in a clash of visions bound up with money, race, identity, and faith.

The political, legal and pragmatic calculations that he had to consider are not given as much attention. How could there be light on the first day of Creation if the sun was not created until the fourth day? In life, Lincoln’s motives were moral as well as political – a reminder that our finest presidents are those committed to bringing a flawed nation closer to the light, a mission that requires an understanding that politics divorced from conscience is fatal to the American experiment in liberty under law. Afterward, he wrote everywhere, scrawling letters with pieces of charcoal in the dust, the sand, and the snow.

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