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By Lord Charnwood, Peter W. Schramm

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No different narrative account of Abraham Lincoln's lifestyles has encouraged such frequent and lasting acclaim as Charnwood's Abraham Lincoln: A Biography. Written through a local of britain and initially released in 1916, the biography is an extraordinary mixture of gorgeous prose and profound historic perception. Charnwood's learn of Lincoln's statesmanship brought generations of usa citizens to the existence and politics of Lincoln and the author's observations are so entire and well-supported that any critical examine of Lincoln needs to reply to his conclusions.

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Contempt for lowly beginnings, abhorrent as it is to any honest mind, would to Lincoln’s mind have probably been inconceivable, but he lacked that interest in ancestry which is generally marked in his countrymen, and from talk of his nearer progenitors he seems to have shrunk with a positive sadness of which some causes will soon be apparent. Since his death it has been ascertained that in 1638 one Samuel Lincoln of Norwich emigrated to Massachusetts. Descent from him could be claimed by a prosperous family in Virginia, several of whom fought on the Southern side in the Civil War.

It was not a revolt against grievous oppression or against a wholly foreign domination, but against a political system which the people mildly resented and which only statesmen felt to be pernicious and found to be past cure. The cause appealed to far-seeing political aspiration and appealed also to turbulent and ambitious spirits and to whatever was present of a merely revolutionary temper, but the ordinary law-abiding man who minded his own business was not greatly moved one way or the other in his heart.

The Compromise had prohibited slavery in the greater part of the Louisiana Purchase and thereby temporarily put an end to the slavery question as a burning issue in national politics. The preference in 1820 was still for freedom; restrictions upon the extension of slavery were matters of political principle, just as they had been during the period of the founding. Compromise with the slave interest (allowing slavery south of the 36° 30′ line) was understood to be principled compromises with necessity.

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