Lincoln : a president for the ages / edited by Karl Weber

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Subjects: Lincoln (Motion picture : 2012)
United States--Politics and government--Decision making
Lincoln (Motion picture : 2012)
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Philosophy
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Political and social views
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
Series: A Participant Media guide
Participant Media guide
LC Classification: E
Physical Description: ix, 273 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternate Titles: Portion of title: President for the ages
Additional Authors: Weber, Karl, 1953-
Notes: LCCN: 2012035145
ISBN: 9781610392631 (pbk.)
ISBN: 1610392639 (pbk.)
ISBN: 9781610392648
ISBN: 1610392647
Summary: "Lincoln, in theaters November 9, portrays America's 16th president when he faced two colossal challenges: winning the Civil War, and passing the Thirteenth Amendment, outlawing slavery and making permanent the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation. The politics of wartime, which required unity at all costs, conflicted with divisiveness of slavery. The president had to be at once true to his ideals and employ old-fashioned political cunning to outwit his rivals. This companion book, featuring a foreword by screenwriter Tony Kushner, invites historians and Lincoln experts to imagine Lincoln in eras other than his own, facing challenges of those times. How would Lincoln have handled the Second World War, or the politics of Civil Rights era, or the modern Republican Party? Using the character of Lincoln presented in the film - a man of high principle and low cunning - the book shows how Lincoln, a president for the ages, might indeed have taken America forward during other historic moments of drama and opportunity. "-- Provided by publisher
Summary: "This companion book to the major motion picture from Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, has leading historians answering the question: What Would Lincoln Do? Lincoln portrays America's 16th president when he faced two colossal challenges: winning the Civil War, and passing the Thirteenth Amendment, outlawing slavery and making permanent the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation. The politics of wartime, which required unity at all costs, conflicted with divisiveness of slavery. The president had to be at once true to his ideals and employ old-fashioned political cunning to outwit his rivals"-- Provided by publisher
Contents: The faces of Lincoln / Karl Weber -- Elizabeth Keckley : bringing an extraordinary woman to the screen / Gloria Reuben -- "A sacred effort" : Lincoln's unfinished journey from slavery to freedom / Henry Louis Gates Jr. -- "By no means excluding females" : Abraham Lincoln and women's suffrage / Jean Baker -- Lincoln, FDR, and the growth of Federal power / Daniel Farber -- "That this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away" : Lincoln and the Hiroshima decision / James Tackach -- At the end of two wars : 1865 and 1945, Lincoln and Roosevelt / Allen C. Guelzo -- Abraham Lincoln : the president as outlaw / James Malanowski -- President Abraham Lincoln confronts the War on Terror / the Honorable Frank J. Williams -- "Public opinion is everything" : Lincoln the communicator / Douglas L. Wilson -- "The almighty has his own purposes" : Abraham Lincoln and the Christian right / Richard Carwardine -- The real Lincoln is the icon : an interview with Andrew Ferguson -- Lincoln, the unlikely celebrity / Harold Holzer
Includes bibliographical references and index
OCLC Number: 794708133
ISBN/ISSN: 9781610392631
1610392639
9781610392648
1610392647