Lincoln for President

ISBN: 9781402244834

By: Bruce Chadwick

Published: 11/02/2010

The untold story of the drama, controversy, and incredible political genius of Lincoln's first presidential campaign

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The untold story of the drama, controversy, and incredible political genius of Lincoln's first presidential campaign In May of 1860, Republican delegates gathered in Chicago for their second-ever convention, with the full expectation of electing William Seward their next presidential candidate. But waiting in the wings was a dark horse no one suspected, putting the final touches on a plan that would not only result in a most unexpected candidacy, but the most brilliant, innovative, and daring presidential campaign in American history. He went by the name of Lincoln. Lincoln for President is the incredible story of how Lincoln overcame overwhelming odds to not only capture his party's nomination but win the presidency. His amazingly modern strategy included the first media campaign blitz, convention tactics that originated the concept of "Chicago politics," and a deft manipulation of the electoral college. His bold tactics changed forever the way presidential campaigns are won…not to mention the course of American history. PRAISE FOR BRUCE CHADWICK Triumvirate: "Dr. Chadwick tells an exciting story… His analysis will provoke further debate about this momentous period in American history." Dr. Paul Clemens, Chairman of the Rutgers University Department of History "In this remarkable new book, Bruce Chadwick reminds us of the three extraordinary men who worked state by state, individual by individual, to ensure passage of the Constitution. It's a fascinating tale, well told." Terry Golway, author of Washington's General and Ronald Reagan's America 1858: "This book is a gem." Curled Up With a Good Book "A gripping narrative." Kurt Piehler, author of Remembering War the American Way The First American Army: "To understand the Revolutionary War, really understand it, read this book." Dave R. Palmer, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret); author of The Way of the Fox George Washington's War: "Chadwick pierces the fog of myth that has always surrounded our nation's father." Michael Aaron Rockland, professor, Rutgers University

About the Author

Bruce Chadwick Chadwick Ph.D.

Bruce Chadwick, Ph.D., lectures in American history at Rutgers University while also teaching writing at New Jersey City University. He is a former journalist and the author of four other historical books: Brother against Brother: The Lost Civil War Diaries of Lt. Edmund Halsey, Two American Presidents: Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis 1861-1865, Traveling the Underground Railroad and The Reel Civil War: Mythmaking in American Film. He lives in New Jersey.


Table of Contents


Acknowledgments                                         vii
Prologue                                                  ix

Invading the Wigwam

Chapter 1: Lincoln Enters the Ring                          1
Chapter 2: A Politician of Unwavering Ambition               7
Chapter 3: The Relentless Little Giant                       23
Chapter 4: The Democrats Split in Two                     37
Chapter 5: A Great Speaker Is Born                         45
Chapter 6: The Underdog Rail-Splitter Versus
the Firebrand Senator                           59
Chapter 7: One Last Night to Steal the Nomination            81
Chapter 8: The Birth of the Seceders                        97
Chapter 9: Will the House of Representatives Elect the President?   105

The Presidential Campaign of 1860

Chapter 10: A Great Speaker Is Quiet                      117
Chapter 11: Lincoln, the Letter Writer                     129
Chapter 12: The Wide Awakes                           145
Chapter 13: Disdain for the Secessionists                    159
Chapter 14: The Keys to Victory                          179
Chapter 15: Breck and Bell and Give ’Em Hell               207
Chapter 16: The Douglas Campaign                       223
Chapter 17: The Polls Never Lied                         255
Chapter 18: Down to the Wire                           275
Chapter 19: All Roads Lead to New York                   279
Chapter 20: The Eleventh Hour                          289
Chapter 21: “Mary, Mary, We Have Been Elected President”    299
Chapter 22: The Inauguration of President Lincoln           311
Bibliography                                             317
Endnotes                                               333
Index                                                  381


From the Prologue:

The 1860 presidential election, one of the most critical in United States history, has often been presented as a rather staid four-man race in which Abraham Linco


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Format: Paperback

Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 19.04 oz
Page Count: 416 pages


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