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Lincoln and New York [Hardcover]

Harold Holzer

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4 Nov 2009
Abraham Lincoln is, by tradition, one of American history's quintessential westerners. But Lincoln owed much of his national political success, not to mention his enshrinement in public memory, to his impact on the quintessentially eastern state of New York, and in turn, New York's profound impact on him. This constitutes virtually unexplored intellectual territory. That New York's publishers, business leaders, elected officials, writers, preachers, and editors were able convincingly to introduce successive images at the same time they promulgated a parallel, wholly negative Lincoln reputation-that of frontier hick, jokester, ruthless military leader, and heartless tyrant-constitutes one of the most astonishing episodes in the history of what Lincoln himself once called 'public sentiment'. Only in New York could such robust, and contradictory, public relations campaigns have been launched and sustained in tandem.

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Harold Holzer has served since 2000 as co-chairman of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, to which he was appointed by President Clinton. He is the author, co-author, or editor of thirty-four books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. Among them are The Lincoln Image, The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Lincoln as I Knew Him, Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: The Civil War in Art, Lincoln on Democracy (co-edited with Mario Cuomo), which has been published in four languages, and Lincoln at Cooper Union, which won a 2005 Lincoln Prize. Among his many other honors, he was presented the 2008 National Humanities Medal by President Bush. His latest books are Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 (2008), which won the Barondess/Lincoln Award and awards of achievement from the Lincoln Group of New York and the Illinois State Historical Society; The Lincoln Anthology (2009), a Library of America collection featuring 150 year s of great writer s on the subject of Abraham Lincoln; and In Lincoln's Hand (2009), a Library of Congress book of Lincoln's original manuscripts with commentary by distinguished Americans. Holzer, who has served as guest curator for a number of Lincoln art exhibitions, is guest historian for the 2009 show 'Lincoln and New York' at the New-York Historical Society. Contributors: Jean H. Baker, Barnet Schecter, Craig L. Symonds, James Oliver Horton, Frank J. Williams, Catherine Clinton and Michael Kammen.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln and New York 25 Feb 2010
By Thomas D. Mackie - Published on Amazon.com
As a means of inspiring visitors with a topic as rich as the administration of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, blockbuster exhibits like the one for which this book is named, are unmatched. A great exhibition inspires visitors to think differently about the theme and to learn more on their own. However, once the gallery is changed the work and study seem lost. To extend the life of an exhibition, it is a long established tradition to publish a well-illustrated catalogue. A quality publication extends the exhibit's message for many more years, and allows experts opportunity to comment on the artifacts. This book is an impressive catalogue and commentary on the collections from the exhibit Lincoln and New York at the New York Historical Society. Editor Harold Holzer is a well-known Lincoln author and very experienced with 19th century images. Like a good exhibition, this book's brief chapters encourage readers to keep returning and exploring new themes missed during their last visit. The writers treat a wide range of subjects in a coffee table book format to provide great context for New York during the Lincoln administration.
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