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

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Simon & Schuster, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 124 pages
As Lincoln led the nation into the Civil War, managing the Union was 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.

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David Herbert Donald is the author of Lincoln (1995). He has twice won the Pulitzer Proze for biography: for Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War and for Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe. He is Charles Warren Professor Emeritus of American History and American Civilization at Harvard. He lives in Lincoln Center, Massachusetts.

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