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Abraham Lincoln's World: How Riverboats, Railroads and Republicans Transformed America

by Thomas Crump

Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
Pages: 288
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781847250575






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Overview of Abraham Lincoln's World: How Riverboats, Railroads and Republicans Transformed America

A unique look at the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century

Abraham Lincoln's World describes not only important new developments during Lincoln's life-time, but also relates them — and other key events— to the appropriate historical and geographical context. There are chapters devoted to Missouri, California, Kansas, Texas and the deep south, and to Illinois, Lincoln's own home-state. The book's final chapter focuses on Lincoln's four years (1861-65) in the White House, but it also describes how Lincoln won both the presidential race and the war that then followed, almost inevitably, as a result of this victory.

Thomas Crump also examines how the United States was transformed — politically, economically, geographically and socially — during Lincoln's life and how more than anyone else, he adapted to these changes and gave them a new direction. Crump's portrait of Lincoln's America shows how institutions, places and people changed during Lincoln's lifetime and how by the time of his death the country was on the verge of a great breakthrough. Written with clarity and insight this is an engaging account of the true beginnings of the modern United States.

Synopsis of Abraham Lincoln's World: How Riverboats, Railroads and Republicans Transformed America

"The changing political geography of the United States during Abraham Lincoln's lifetime is the constant theme of this book. When Lincoln was born in 1809 there were seventeen states and when he died, twice as many. Admitting a new state meant bitter debate in the United States Congress, reflecting the conflicting interests of the Northern and Southern states - the former with its sights on the total abolition of slavery and the latter intent on retaining it at all costs. This conflict lies behind such events in antebellum America as the Missouri Compromise, the Mexican war. and the admission of Texas and California as new states, each of which radically changed the American political scene - at the cost of intensifying the animosity between North and South." "As president, Lincoln lived against a backdrop of steamboats on the great inland waterways, a continually expanding railroad network that opened up the new states beyond the Appalachians, supported by the electric telegraph, and with cities lit by gas and homes by whale oil. In the process, the foundations of America as an industrial state began to be laid, at least in the north of the country." Thomas Crump explores the life of Abraham Lincoln within the context of his revolutionary age, and by the time of Lincoln's death in 1865 presents .an America on the verge of a great breakthrough into the modern era.

About the Author, Thomas Crump

Thomas Crump, born into a family of authors, published his first book in 1963. In the course of more than 40 years spent mainly as an academic, Thomas Crump has published many books. Since retirement in 1994 he has extended his range to write new books about history, science and medicine.

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