Lincoln's Preparation for Greatness: The Illinois Legislative Years

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University of Illinois Press, 1971 - Political Science - 335 pages

"Abraham Lincoln was a member of the Illinois Legislature from
1834 to 1842 -- one of the Long Nine, as the Sangamon County delegation
was known, all its members being more than six feet tall. It was during
these eight years that he came as close to scandal as he was ever to come
in his public or private life. Did he, or did he not, engage in shameless
logrolling to get the state capital moved to Springfield? This and other
aspects of Lincoln's apprenticeship in the legislator . . . are thoroughly
investigated."
-- Chicago Sun-Times
"The wealth of detail it contains makes it a worthwhile addition
to the study of Lincoln's legislative career."
-- Los Angeles Times
 

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I so wanted to like this book, since it was written by Paul Simon, the late senator (but before he became senator). It covers a little written-about time of Lincoln's life, when he was a member of the ... Read full review

Contents

List of Abbreviations Chapter 1 Lincoln Loses but Learns
3
VandaliaA Fascinating New World
15
One of the Long Nine
42
Lincoln the Log Roller
76
Lincolns First Encounter with Douglas
106
Lincoln and the Slavery Issue
121
Two Mobs and Two Deaths Shake Lincoln and the Nation
138
A Third Term and Leadership
146
The 1840 Campaign
210
A Special SessionAnd an Important Jump
223
The Fatal First And a Final Session
231
Lincoln and the Issues
273
Lincoln Runs Wins and Resigns
284
What Did It All Mean?
289
Some Postscripts
294
Index
322

Slowly Facing the Illinois Crisis
171

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