And there was light : Abraham Lincoln and the American struggle

Title And there was light : Abraham Lincoln and the American struggle
Names Meacham, Jon.
Book Number DB111374
Title Status Active
Medium Digital Books
Annotation "A president who governed a divided country has much to teach us in a twenty-first-century moment of polarization and political crisis. 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. In him we can see the possibilities of the presidency as well as its limitations. At once familiar and elusive, Lincoln tends to be seen as the greatest of American presidents-a remote icon-or as a politician driven more by calculation than by conviction. This illuminating new portrait gives us a very human Lincoln-an imperfect man whose moral antislavery commitment, essential to the story of justice in America, began as he grew up in an antislavery Baptist community; who insisted that slavery was a moral evil; and who sought, as he put it, to do right as God gave him to see the right. This book tells the story of Lincoln from his birth on the Kentucky frontier in 1809 to his leadership during the Civil War to his tragic assassination in 1865: his rise, his self-education, his loves, his bouts of depression, his political failures, his deepening faith, and his persistent conviction that slavery must end. 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." -- Provided by publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller.
Narrator Meacham, Jon.
Local Subject Unrated - UR
Best Sellers, Non-Fiction - BESNF
Adult Book - AD
Adult Non-Fiction - AN
Biography - Political, US - BPOLU
Biography - Political, Foreign - BPOLF
History (non-fiction) - HIST
History - U.S - HISUS
United States - History - 973
Audience Notes "A president who governed a divided country has much to teach us in a twenty-first-century moment of polarization and political crisis. 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. In him we can see the possibilities of the presidency as well as its limitations. At once familiar and elusive, Lincoln tends to be seen as the greatest of American presidents-a remote icon-or as a politician driven more by calculation than by conviction. This illuminating new portrait gives us a very human Lincoln-an imperfect man whose moral antislavery commitment, essential to the story of justice in America, began as he grew up in an antislavery Baptist community; who insisted that slavery was a moral evil; and who sought, as he put it, to do right as God gave him to see the right. This book tells the story of Lincoln from his birth on the Kentucky frontier in 1809 to his leadership during the Civil War to his tragic assassination in 1865: his rise, his self-education, his loves, his bouts of depression, his political failures, his deepening faith, and his persistent conviction that slavery must end. 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." -- Provided by publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller.
LC Subject Presidents - United States - Biography
Slavery - Political aspects - United States - History - 19th century
Slaves - Emancipation - United States
United States - Politics and government - 1845-1861
United States - Politics and government - 1861-1865
United States - Race relations - History - 19th century
Nonfiction
Biographies
Nonfiction
Call Number 973.711 ANF
Language English
Released 2022
Publication Info Washington, D.C. : Random House Audio 2022
Original Publication Reissue of: New York : Random House Audio, 2022. 9780593632871
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