Lincoln Looks West

Lincoln Looks West

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This first-ever volume to comprehensively explore President Abraham Lincolna€™s ties to the American West brings together a variety of scholars and experts who offer a fascinating look at the sixteenth presidenta€™s lasting legacy in the territory beyond the Mississippi River. Editor Richard W. Etulaina€™s extensive introductory essay treats these western connections from Lincolna€™s early reactions to Texas, Oregon, and the Mexican War in the 1840s, through the 1850s, and during his presidency, providing a framework for the nine essays that follow. Each of these essays offers compelling insight into the many facets of Lincolna€™s often complex interactions with the American West. Included in this collection are a provocative examination of Lincolna€™s opposition to the Mexican War; a discussion of the presidenta€™s antislavery politics as applied to the new arena of the West; new perspectives on Lincolna€™s views regarding the Thirteenth Amendment and his reluctance regarding the admission of Nevada to the Union; a fresh look at the impact of the Radical Republicans on Lincolna€™s patronage and appointments in the West; and discussion of Lincolna€™s favorable treatment of New Mexico and Arizona, primarily Southern and Democratic areas, in an effort to garner their loyalty to the Union. Also analyzed is a€œThe Tribe of Abrahama€a€”Lincolna€™s less-than-competent appointments in Washington Territory made on the basis of political friendshipa€”and the ways in which Lincolna€™s political friends in the Western Territories influenced his western policies. Other essays look at Lincolna€™s dealings with the Mormons of Utah, who supported the president in exchange for his tolerance, and American Indians, whose relations with the government suffered as the presidenta€™s attention was consumed by the crisis of the Civil War. In addition to these illuminating discussions, Etulain includes a detailed bibliographical essay, complete with examinations of previous interpretations and topics needing further research, as well as an extensive list of resources for more information on Lincoln's ties west of the Mississippi. Loaded with a wealth of information and fresh historical perspectives, Lincoln Looks West explores yet another intriguing dimension to this dynamic leader and to the history of the American West. Contributors: Richard W. Etulain Michael S. Green Robert W. Johannsen Deren Earl Kellogg Mark E. Neely Jr. David A. Nichols Earl S. Pomeroy Larry Schweikart Vincent G. Tegeder Paul M. ZallThis first-ever volume to comprehena€” sively explore President Abraham Lincolna#39;s ties to the American West brings together a ... Editor Richard W. Etulaina#39;s extensive introductory essay treats these western connections from Lincolna#39;s earlyanbsp;...

Title:Lincoln Looks West
Author:Richard W. Etulain
Publisher:SIU Press - 2010-03-05


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