Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President

Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President Edward Steers Jr. Harold Holzer
  • Title: Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President
  • Author: Edward Steers Jr. Harold Holzer
  • ISBN: 9780813124667
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lincoln Legends: Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President Edward Steers Jr. Harold Holzer Lincoln Legends Myths Hoaxes and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President In the than years since his death Abraham Lincoln has become America s most revered president The mythmaking about this self made man began early some of it starting during his campaign for the
    In the than 140 years since his death, Abraham Lincoln has become America s most revered president The mythmaking about this self made man began early, some of it starting during his campaign for the presidency in 1860 As an American icon, Lincoln has been the subject of speculation and inquiry as authors and researchers have examined every aspect personal and prIn the than 140 years since his death, Abraham Lincoln has become America s most revered president The mythmaking about this self made man began early, some of it starting during his campaign for the presidency in 1860 As an American icon, Lincoln has been the subject of speculation and inquiry as authors and researchers have examined every aspect personal and professional of the president s life.In Lincoln Legends, noted historian and Lincoln expert Edward Steers Jr carefully scrutinizes some of the most notorious tall tales and distorted ideas about America s sixteenth president These inaccuracies and speculations about Lincoln s personal and professional life abound Did he write his greatest speech on the back of an envelope on the way to Gettysburg Did Lincoln appear before a congressional committee to defend his wife against charges of treason Was he an illegitimate child Did Lincoln have romantic encounters with women other than his wife Did he have love affairs with men What really happened in the weeks leading up to April 14, 1865, and in the aftermath of Lincoln s tragic assassination Lincoln Legends evaluates the evidence on all sides of the many heated debates about the Great Emancipator Not only does Steers weigh the merits of all relevant arguments and interpretations, but he also traces the often fascinating evolution of flawed theories about Lincoln and uncovers the motivations of the individuals occasionally sincere but often cynical, self serving, and nefarious who are responsible for their dispersal.Based on extensive primary research, the conclusions in Lincoln Legends will settle many of the enduring questions and persistent myths about Lincoln s life once and for all Steers leaves us with a clearer image of Abraham Lincoln as a man, as an exceptionally effective president, and as a deserving recipient of the nation s admiration.
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    1. Lincoln Legends Myths, Hoaxes and Confabulations Associated With Our Greatest President by Edward Steer Jr is an excellent addition to any historian s collection of Civil War related tomes and yet, at the same time, it is easily accessible by non Lincoln scholars as well The sections deal with many different myths and hoaxes that seem to surround our 16th President The book begins with the fraud that is the Lincoln cabin, the alleged birthplace of the President Its legitimacy is called into ques [...]

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    2. Abraham Lincoln a man who a lot of people agree that he was one of America s best presidents With that adoration comes a lot of rumors, half truths, and lies Edward Steers Jr who authored of Blood on the Moon a book about Lincoln s assassination a book that I read and enjoyed , sets out to debunk some of the persisting Lincoln rumors.I found the book to be quite interesting, especially since I m always looking to read new material on Lincoln I found the chapters dealing directly with Lincoln to [...]

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    3. Well nothing new in the book that I had not read before Not sure what the aim of the author was.Reminded me of some information that over time I had forgotten.Perhaps the most telling chapter was 11 about Dr Mudd have read a good deal about Dr Mudd and his role in JWB s escape Mudd s essential defense was that he did not know that it was Booth that he treated that night Far, far too much hard evidence to support that He did indeed know who he was treating and had a rather long relationship with [...]

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    4. An interesting collection of historical snippets about Lincoln I agree with another reviewer who noted that the book is a much well researched and properly cited work that the artwork on the cover would indicate Academic but not dryly so, Steers provides convincing evidence regarding the truth about a number of misconceptions we ve grown up believing about our arguably most famous president.

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    5. How can a book be so interesting and so dry at the same time History lovers would probably disagree with me I m one of those who likes the action moments, but start getting into dates and where someone was born and my mind starts wandering At any rate, I did like it, and I honestly didn t know there were so many myths and fables surrounding our sixteenth president I guess I m not in the history rumor circles.

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    6. This book looks at the various myths that have appeared over the years about the life and death of Abraham Lincoln The author uses each chapter to present, then debunk, each story Among these are the involvement of Edwin Stanton in Lincoln s assassination, the sexual orientation of Lincoln, and the identity of Lincoln s father Very thorough book

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    7. Excellent book thoroughly researched Steers, the author of several books on Lincoln, takes on some myths and conspiracy theories which have revolved around Lincoln since his assassination Was Lincoln baptized Was he gay Was his cabinet part of the plot to have him killed Who held Booth s horse outside the theater The book is easy to read, and fascinating Highly recommend this book.

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    8. A lot scholarly than the title and cover would suggest which to me is a good thing Steers debunks a number of myths about Lincoln including some I wasn t even aware of Headline LINCOLN WAS NOT GAY Enjoyable for those who don t put credence in conspiracy theories my hand goes up and probably pisses off those who do, which makes it all the enjoyable

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    9. An average book on Lincoln, I felt it dwelled to much on other sources and he made in so glaringly obvious it detracted from the rest of the book Read Lincoln s Meloncholy if you want in intersting read.

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    10. So Lincoln being gay was just a myth Dang.

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    11. I really like reading about Lincoln, however this book is basicly a rehash of materials There are afew surprises, but nothing earthshattering

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    12. Interesting information, but it has the same problem a lot of history books have poor writing As an English person, that bugs me to death.

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