Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America: A Companion Book for Young Readers to the Steven Spielberg Film

Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America: A Companion Book for Young Readers to the Steven Spielberg Film

by Harold Holzer


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How did President Abraham Lincoln come to believe that slavery was "morally wrong," and that Congress needed to pass a law to abolish it once and for all? What did he do in January 1865—three months before he was assassinated—to ensure passage of the Thirteenth Amendment?

This fast-paced, riveting book answers these questions and more as it tells the story of Lincoln's life and times from his upbringing in Kentucky and Illinois, through his work as a lawyer and congressman, to his candidacies and victory in two Presidential elections. It also describes Lincoln's duties in the Civil War as Commander-in-Chief, his actions as President, and his relationships with his family, his political allies and rivals, and the public who voted for and against him. Harold Holzer makes an important era in American history come alive for readers of all ages.

An official companion to Steven Spielberg's Oscar® award-winning film Lincoln, the book also includes thirty historical photographs, a chronology, a cast of characters, texts of selected Lincoln writings and speeches, a bibliography, and a foreword by the author about his experience working as a consultant on the movie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062265111
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,177,158
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Harold Holzer, one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, has more than forty books to his credit, including Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons and The President Is Shot!. He is a frequent guest on television, acted as a Content Consultant to the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln, and serves as chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Prologue: A "King's Cure" 1

1 The Making of a Liberator 9

2 Romance, Law, and Politics 22

3 The Lincolns Go to Washington 30

4 The Prairies Are on Fire 39

5 Right Makes Might 51

6 The Mystic Chords of Memory 67

7 A People's Conflict 83

8 Fair Warning on Slavery 95

9 The Day of Jubilee 107

10 Fighting for Freedom 118

11 Unfinished Work 133

12 Year of Decision 141

13 A Fitting and Necessary Conclusion 155

14 Death of a Liberator 175


Cast of Characters 195

Chronology in Brief 200

Prelinary Emancipation Proclamation 205

Final Emancipation Proclamation 210

Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address 213

Notes 217

Bibliography 223

Acknowledgments 225

About the Author 226

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