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Lincoln at Home: Two Glimpses of Abraham Lincoln's Family Life
Title : Lincoln at Home: Two Glimpses of Abraham Lincoln's Family Life
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ISBN : 9780912308777
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 107

As Lincoln led the nation into the Civil War, managing the Union war effort, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, winning reelection in 1864, and planning the Reconstruction of the South, he also led a private life, defined by his close relationship with his wife and by his devotion to his children. "Lincoln at Home" offers a view into the life of family through their wrAs Lincoln led the nation into the Civil War, managing the Union war effort, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, winning reelection in 1864, and planning the Reconstruction of the South, he also led a private life, defined by his close relationship with his wife and by his devotion to his children. "Lincoln at Home" offers a view into the life of family through their written correspondence. With a brief account of their first years in the White House and the complete collection of all the known letters exchanged by Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, this elegant portrait defines the sixteenth president as a dedicated -- though often a desperately busy and distracted -- family man. "Lincoln at Home" is an intimate and rare glimpse of the president as husband and father, a cheerful man pinned to the floor while playing with his children, and a desolate man struck down with grief at the death of his son. Beyond this, we are shown a personal side of the man who managed one of the most difficult periods in American history.


Lincoln at Home: Two Glimpses of Abraham Lincoln's Family Life Reviews

  • Allison Rogers

    This is a short read for early to late mid-level students or just anyone who enjoys learning about history. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to read the entire book (depending on how determined you are). I actually enjoyed this book because I have always been fascinated with Abraham Lincoln. I really am not sure why I have always been interested in Lincoln other then the silly fact that he resembles my beloved grandfather-- tall and lanky. In the short book, you get a look inside the [...]

  • Heloyce

    Quick and easy read. The weight of the presidency and the war left little time for his family, but they were never far from Lincoln's heart.

  • Janet Theriault

    Brief overview of Lincoln marriage and correspondence

  • David Kent

    David Herbert Donald is a two time Pulitzer Prize winning historian highly respected in the Lincoln scholarship community. His most famous book is simply called "Lincoln," and is a must-read for everyone interested in our 16th President.This book, "Lincoln at Home," is a thin volume giving "two glimpses" of Abraham Lincoln's family life. And glimpses are what they are. The first is based on a lecture Donald gave at the White House in 1990 at the invitation of then President George H.W. Bush. In [...]

  • Tonya Scott

    This book gives great insight into Abraham Lincoln’s family life. Personal details are often overshadowed by the importance of their presidency, which is completely understandable. That being said, I really enjoy getting that rare glimpse into the personal aspects of the lives of our Presidents. Seeing what they went through with the loss of children and how that affected them in more ways than one, to seeing the playfulness of President Lincoln around the children was just what I was looking [...]

  • Tanner

    This book documents in detail Lincoln's personal correspondence, and shows a side of him that is often overshadowed by the Civil War. In his own words we see how human he was, and how troubled he was by the events of his personal life. The book is nearly all primary source, and is a relatively short read when compared with other catalogs of Lincoln's correspondence, as there are only short periods when President and Mrs. Lincoln were separated and few other correspondents. The periods that are d [...]

  • Samantha

    A look at Lincoln through his personal correspondence with his wife and his oldest son. Overall, a quick, well written read. Donald does a great job of leading into the letters and reading through Lincoln's letters, all of them fairly short with some only a sentence in length, reveals Lincoln's gift of words. Whether he is merely updating Mary Todd on a series of events or expressing deeper emotions, the way he puts a sentence together has a poetic flair. This book is a great read for both histo [...]

  • Janet

    For such an important historical figure, I am very sad that there are not more personal letters that have been saved, discovered or found. I have been a lifelong admirer of Mr. Lincoln and was very happy to have found this small book shelved among the tomes that were written about his political and professional careers.

  • James Dryer

    The "first glimpse" is excellent writing. The "second" are the letters that remain from the period of the Civil War, and are skeletal (as is mentioned) in their evidence as to what life was like for he, Mary and sons. Mary's fragility is mentioned tho'.