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Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President…

Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President

by Harold Holzer

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I liked this book because it gave a really good insight into the views of the people of the country during the Lincoln presidency. Some writers hated Lincoln, others loved him. Most simply wanted something from him. The flaw of the book (if there is one), is that the book is one-directional. That is, we only see what the letters writers wrote, and not what Lincoln wrote back (if anything). (There are a few of his responses, but most have no response.) Still, this is a very entertaining book, and for its unique perspective, it did warrant a spot on the '100 essential Lincoln books' list. ( )
  estamm | Oct 18, 2007 |
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During the Civil War, Americans felt themselves to be on intimate terms with their commander in chief, sending President Abraham Lincoln between two hundred and five hundred pieces of mail every day—letters that expressed the concerns, aspirations, grievances, and obsessions of the nation. Ranging from weighty political tomes to greetings accompanying homespun gifts, the letters reflect the pulse of the country in a time of upheaval. This illuminating collection includes straightforward correspondence from ordinary Americans requesting autographs and favors as well as pleas from the influential, such as the anguished open letter from New York Tribune publisher Horace Greeley imploring Lincoln to end his “remiss” policy of caution on emancipation. This new paperback edition, featuring twenty-two illustrations, portrays a president clearly eager to review and respond to the advice, criticism, and requests of the nation’s citizens.

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