(4/8) Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856, by Sidney Blumenthal
Gelatin silver photo: Abraham Lincoln, President 1861 – 1865. Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, before delivering his Cooper Union address in New York City, February 6, 1860. Photograph by Mathew Brady. Library of Congress.. ". . . the most famous of the beardless poses, taken by Mathew B. Brady on Monday morning, February 27, 1860, only a few hours before Lincoln delivered his Cooper Union address. That speech and this portrait, Lincoln afterwards said, put him in the White House." www.loc.gov/item/98504529/
Permissions: Mathew B. Brady, approximately 1823-1896, photographer. Published February 27, 1860 [printed later]. Illus. in: The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln / Frederick Hill Meserve. New York, privately printed, 1911, p. 51. Images in the Brady-Handy collection are considered to be in the public domain. – Ipsa dixit: Library of Congress
Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856, by Sidney Blumenthal
“Magisterial…A vividly written, wide-ranging and often surprising account of the president-to-be.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Masterful.” —Los Angeles Times
Volume II of Sidney Blumenthal’s acclaimed, landmark biography, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, reveals the future president’s genius during the most decisive period of his political life when he seizes the moment, finds his voice, and helps create a new political party. In 1849, Abraham Lincoln seems condemned to political isolation and defeat. His Whig Party is broken in the 1852 election, and disintegrates. His perennial rival, Stephen Douglas, forges an alliance with the Southern senators and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. Violent struggle breaks out on the plains of Kansas, a prelude to the Civil War. Lincoln rises to the occasion. Only he can take on Douglas in Illinois, and he finally delivers the dramatic speech that leaves observers stunned. In 1855, he makes a race for the Senate, which he loses when he throws his support to a rival to prevent the election of a proslavery candidate. Now, in Wrestling with His Angel, Sidney Blumenthal explains how Lincoln and his friends operate behind the scenes to destroy the anti-immigrant party in Illinois to clear the way for a new Republican Party. Lincoln takes command and writes its first platform and vaults onto the national stage as the leader of a party that will launch him to the presidency. The Washington Monthly hailed Blumenthal’s Volume I as, “splendid…no one can come away from reading A Self-Made Man without eagerly anticipating the ensuing volumes.” Now, in one of the greatest American success stories, Wrestling with His Angel brings Lincoln from the wilderness to the peak of his career as he takes control of the nation’s most profound spiritual crisis—slavery—and enters the battle for the nation’s soul.