Lincoln's Virtues An Ethical Biography

ISBN-10: 0375701737

ISBN-13: 9780375701733

Edition: 2002

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William Lee Miller’s ethical biography is a fresh, engaging telling of the story of Lincoln’s rise to power. Through careful scrutiny of Lincoln’s actions, speeches, and writings, and of accounts from those who knew him, Miller gives us insight into the moral development of a great politician — one who made the choice to go into politics, and ultimately realized that vocation’s fullest moral possibilities. As Lincoln’s Virtues makes refreshingly clear, Lincoln was not born with his face on Mount Rushmore; he was an actual human being making choices — moral choices — in a real world. In an account animated by wit and humor, Miller follows this unschooled frontier politician’s rise, showing that the higher he went and the greater his power, the worthier his conduct would become. He would become that rare bird, a great man who was also a good man. Uniquely revealing of its subject’s heart and mind, it represents a major contribution to our understanding and of Lincoln, and to the perennial American discussion of the relationship between politics and morality.
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface: The Moral Preparation of a Great Politician
Who Is This Fellow? He Is Smarter Than He Looks
A Startling Disparity
Moral Reasoning
Disregarding Legends
Destiny Obscure?
Noble Rage
Young Lincoln's Great Rejections
The Lifeline of Print
He Will Be Good--But God Knows When
Poor Man, Free Man, Free Moral Agent
He Studied with No One
Tom Lincoln and His Boy
The Awkward Age of Goodness
A Name That Fills All the Nation and Is Not Unknown Even in Foreign Lands
I Want in All Cases to Do Right
Humor in His Composition
Not a Rebel, Not a Revolutionary
The Gem of His Character
Be Emulous to Excel
Something More Than Common
No More Scoffing
A Poetry in His Nature
Was This Man a Politician?
Worthy of Their Esteem
A Political Career
A Free People Divide into Parties
The Party of National Improvement
Rising Public Man
Why This Vote?
Don't Shoot Editors
Hail, Fall of Fury!
They Are as We Would Be
The Three Whigs from the Seventh, or, Honorable Maneuvering
Another President, Another War
Spotty Lincoln
Politically Suicidal Nonprinciple?
Letters Home
Speech Notes
Politics and Morals
The Congressman as Moralist (and Political Operative)
The Congressman as Political Operative (and Moralist)
The Same Hatred of Slavery
Shall These Things Be?
The Vocation of a Politician
Thunderstruck in Illinois
The Senate Acts and Lincoln Decides
Fugitives, the Law, and the Principle
No Man Is Good Enough to Govern Another Man
Lincoln Reads Douglas's Opponents
A Self-Evident Lie?
Lincoln's Rise
I Shall Try to Show That It Is Wrong
Monstrous Injustice
Just What We Would Be in Their Situation
"Sacred" Self-Government?
Men Are Not Angels but They Have a Sense of Justice
The Spirit of '76
What Was He Doing?
Our Duty as We Understand It
If Slavery Is Not Wrong, Nothing Is Wrong
How to Make a Strong Moral Argument Without Being Moralistic
The Worthy Work of Party-Building
A Point Merely Personal to Myself
Following His Own Advice
Not So Much Greater Than the Rest of Us
Lincoln's Defense of Our Common Humanity
Douglas's Assault on Lincoln's Egalitarianism
The Modern Assault on Lincoln's "White Supremacy": Some Considerations
On Lincoln's Moral Composition
Lincoln Attacks the Imbruting of Black America
Such an Impression
Mental Culture in New York
The Hugeness of Slavery
How Did This Man Ever Become President?
The Candidate of Moral Argument
Lincoln for President
The Man with the Blue Umbrella
A Very Poor Hater
The Great Reaper Case
The President Appoints a Secretary of War
Let Grass Grow Where It May
Once a Friend and Still Not an Enemy
Here I Stand
The Union Is Unbroken
Reflections on Two War Presidents
The Election of 1860 "Thrown Into the House"
Notes and Sources
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