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Every drop of blood : the momentous second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln / Edward Achorn.

Achorn, Edward, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 973.709 (Text) 33062009277139 New Adult Non-Fiction Checked Out 07/20/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780802148742
  • ISBN: 0802148743
  • Physical Description: xxxvi, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Subtitle from pre-publication: Hatred and healing at Lincoln's second inauguration.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-321) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Bloody Gashes on the Face of Heaven -- One and a Half Times Bigger -- A Message from Grant -- The Real Precious and Royal Ones -- Meditation on the Divine Will -- Public Sentiment Is Everything -- Indefinable Fascination -- The Blighting Pestilence -- There Was Murder in the Air -- A Future with Hope in It -- Andy Ain't a Drunkard -- An Excellent Chance to Kill the President -- With Malice toward None -- A Truth That Needed to Be Told -- A Sacred Effort -- Epilogue: The Stuff to Carry Them Through.
Summary, etc.:
"By March 4, 1865, the Civil War had slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans and left intractable wounds on the nation. That day, after a morning of rain-drenched fury, tens of thousands crowded Washington's Capitol grounds to see Abraham Lincoln take the oath for a second term. As the sun emerged, Lincoln rose to give perhaps the greatest inaugural address in American history, stunning the nation by arguing, in a brief 701 words, that both sides had been wrong, and that the war's unimaginable horrors-every drop of blood spilled-might well have been God's just verdict on the national sin of slavery. Edward Achorn reveals the nation's capital on that momentous day-with its mud, sewage, and saloons, its prostitutes, spies, reporters, social-climbing spouses, and power-hungry politicians-as a microcosm of all the opposing forces that had driven the country apart. Achorn weaves together the stories of the host of characters, unknown and famous, that had converged on Washington-from grievously wounded Union colonel Selden Connor in a Washington hospital, embarrassingly drunk new vice president Andrew Johnson, and poet-journalist Walt Whitman, to soldiers' advocate Clara Barton, African American leader Frederick Douglass (who called the speech "a sacred effort"), and conflicted actor John Wilkes Booth-all swirling around the complex figure of Lincoln. In indelible scenes, Achorn vividly captures the frenzy in the nation's capital at this crucial moment in America's history and the tension-filled hope and despair afflicting the country as a whole, soon to be heightened by Lincoln's assassination. His story offers new understanding of our great national crisis, and echoes down the decades to resonate in our own time"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 > Inaugurations.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 > Influence.
Washington (D.C.) > Social life and customs > 19th century.
Washington (D.C.) > Politics and government > 19th century.
Washington (D.C.) > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.

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