Abraham Lincoln and William Cullen Bryant: Their Civil War by Gilbert H. Muller

By Gilbert H. Muller

This definitive twin portrait deals a clean viewpoint on Abraham Lincoln and William Cullen Bryant’s an important position in raising him to the presidency. The e-book additionally sheds new gentle at the impression that “Bryant and his classification” (as Lincoln known as the novel Republican faction whose perspectives Bryant articulated) wielded at the leader govt. How the wary president and the preeminent editor of the Fourth property interacted—and how their ideological conflict tilted progressively in Bryant’s favor—is the center piece of this research. a piece of meticulous scholarship and a version of compression, Lincoln and Bryant is a watershed account of 2 Republicans scuffling with universal enemies (and one another) throughout the Civil conflict era.

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In measured cadences, Bryant declared that Lincoln was “a personification of the distinctive genius of our country and its institutions. ” Bryant wrote that Lincoln’s life and career were the essence of the epic of America. ” As a pioneer of the West, Lincoln personified this wilderness myth: “In Abraham Lincoln we behold one of the most hardy and adventurous of these backwoodsmen. ” The emerging story of Abraham Lincoln as the epitome of national culture did not end with America’s “stupendous” physical progress—its THE CAMPAIGN OF 1860: “A REAL REPRESENTATIVE MAN” 41 cities, railroads, and telegraphs.

On June 16, Bryant wrote to Lincoln to congratulate him and offer avuncular advice as well. ) In the body of his letter, Bryant offered sage advice to Lincoln that would be echoed by other key supporters. ” Bryant ended his letter by apologizing for any impertinence; he was merely a “citizen of our common country” who wished for Lincoln’s success. ” Lincoln, who had turned most of his correspondence over to his new secretary, the 28-year-old, German-born John G. Nicolay, responded to Bryant in his own handwriting on June 28.

Protocol called for Field to nominate Bryant as “president” or chairman of the evening’s event, which was done by unanimous acclamation. Bryant then stepped to the podium to introduce the speaker for the evening. Bryant, who had been asked by James Briggs to preside over the event, began his welcoming remarks by affirming the western legacy that Abraham Lincoln embodied. ” Bryant further observed, “These children of the West, my friends, form a living bulwark against the advances of slavery, and from them, is recruited the vanguard of the armies of liberty.

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