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  1. Lincoln's Campaign Biographies (Concise Lincoln Library)
    Lincoln's Campaign Biographies (Concise Lincoln Library)
    Lincoln's Campaign Biographies (Concise Lincoln Library)
    Lincoln's Campaign Biographies (Concise Lincoln Library)
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  2. Lincoln's Campaign Biographies (Concise Lincoln Library)

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During the 1860 and 1864 presidential campaigns, Abraham Lincoln was the subject of over twenty campaign biographies. In this innovative study, Thomas A. Horrocks examines the role that these publications played in shaping an image of Lincoln that would resonate with voters and explores the vision of Lincoln that the biographies crafted, the changes in this vision over the course of four years, and the impact of these works on the outcome of the elections.

Horrocks investigates Lincoln’s campaign biographies within the context of the critical relationship between print and politics in nineteenth-century America and compares the works about Lincoln with other presidential campaign biographies of the era. Horrocks shows that more than most politicians of his day, Lincoln deeply appreciated and understood the influence and the power of the printed word. 

The 1860 campaign biographies introduced to America “Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter,” a trustworthy, rugged candidate who appealed to rural Americans. When Lincoln ran for reelection in 1864, the second round of campaign biographies complemented this earlier portrait of Lincoln with a new, paternal figure, “Father Abraham,” more appropriate for Americans enduring a bloody civil war.  Closing with a consideration of the influence of these publications on Lincoln’s election and reelection, Lincoln’s Campaign Biographies provides a new perspective for those seeking a better understanding of the sixteenth president and two of the most critical elections in American history.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Thomas A. Horrocks
Binding
Hardcover
EAN
9780809333318
Edition
1St Edition
ISBN
0809333317
Label
Southern Illinois University Press
Manufacturer
Southern Illinois University Press
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
168
PublicationDate
2014-03-31
Publisher
Southern Illinois University Press
Studio
Southern Illinois University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Excellent
The more things change the more they stay the same. In many ways this is a truism in political campaigns. While modern technology has dramatically changed the campaign trail, often times making image more important than substance, many things are still the same.

Modern Americans demand that their politicians be polished, rehearsed, and personally available. In Abraham Lincoln's time this was not the case. Lincoln could hardly be called polished and most active campaigning was done by supporters rather than the candidates themselves.

In four quick reading chapters and a conclusion author Thomas A. Horrocks outlines the history of politics and print and how the Lincoln campaigns played into this. Chapter one discusses the relationship between 19th century political campaigns and print sources. Newspapers and pamphlets were the leading way to get a message out about a candidate. Later came the growth of the campaign biography. Abraham Lincoln understood the value... Read more
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