Lincoln firmly believed that the government’s fundamental position used to be to make sure that all american citizens had the chance to higher their station in existence. As president, he labored tirelessly to enshrine this perfect in the federal executive. He funded railroads and canals, supported schooling, and, most significantly, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which opened the door for former slaves to affix white americans in striving for self-improvement. In our personal age of extraordinary inequality, A simply and beneficiant Nation reestablishes Lincoln’s legacy because the protector not only of non-public freedom yet of the yank dream itself.
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Copyright � 2015 via Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle released via easy Books A Member of the Perseus Books workforce All rights reserved. published within the us of a. No a part of this publication should be reproduced in any demeanour whatever with out written permission other than when it comes to short quotations embodied in serious articles and studies. for info, deal with easy Books, 250 West 57th road, big apple, new york 10107. Books released by means of simple Books can be found at certain reductions for bulk purchases within the usa by means of businesses, associations, and different organisations. for additional info, please touch the specified Markets division on the Perseus Books workforce, 2300 Chestnut highway, Suite two hundred, Philadelphia, PA 19103, or name (800) 810-4145, ext. 5000, or e mail specified. markets@perseusbooks. com. Designed by means of Pauline Brown Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication info Holzer, Harold. A simply and beneficiant country : Abraham Lincoln and the struggle for American chance / Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle. pages cm comprises bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-465-07396-2 (e-book) 1. Lincoln, Abraham, 1809–1865—Political and social perspectives. 2. United States—History—Civil warfare, 1861–1865—Causes. three. United States—History—Civil battle, 1861–1865—Economic features. four. United States—History—Civil conflict, 1861–1865—Social elements. five. Equality—Economic aspects—United States—History—19th century. 6. monetary development—United States—History—19th century. 7. Social mobility—United States—History—19th century. eight. United States—Politics and government—1861–1865. I. Garfinkle, Norton II. identify. E457. 2. H753 2015973. 7092—dc23 2015022842 10 nine eight 7 6 five four three 2 1 To our other halves, Edith Holzer and Sally Minard, for his or her person and collective thought all through. The prudent, penniless newbie on the planet, labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to shop for instruments or land, for himself; then labors on his personal account one other whereas, and at size hires one other new newbie to assist him. This, say its advocates, is unfastened hard work— the simply and beneficiant, and wealthy method, which opens the best way for all—gives desire to all, and effort, and development, and development of situation to all. —Abraham Lincoln, speech in Milwaukee, September 30, 1859 This middle-class kingdom had bought a middle-class President, finally. —Eulogy to Abraham Lincoln through Ralph Waldo Emerson, April 19, 1865 Contents advent half ONE One. easy Annals of the negative: Dreaming the yank Dream . correct Makes may: Lincoln the Candidate 3. Chain of metal: Defender of the Union 4. Saving the Union: Lincoln the chief 5. fully Evil or fully sturdy: now not fairly an Abolitionist Six. eternally unfastened: Lincoln the Emancipator Seven. What we are saying right here and What We Do the following: Lincoln the Warrior half 8. complete pace forward: with out Lincoln on the Helm 9. confident executive: The Lincoln Legacy Ten. For an unlimited destiny: increasing Lincoln’s American Dream 11. govt Is the matter: Rejecting Lincoln’s Legacy Twelve.