By Willard Sterne Randall
Historians rank Abraham Lincoln as considered one of America's maximum presidents, having led the kingdom throughout the slaughter and sorrow of the Civil battle. he's additionally one among history's such a lot tragic figures, wasting his lifestyles to an assassin's bullet simply days after reaching his long-sought victory at the battlefield. the following, during this short-form publication through historians Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra, is Lincoln's inspiring and heartbreaking tale.
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And he invoked “the mystic chords of memory” and “the better angels of our nature” to insist, “We are not enemies, but friends. ” But he vowed to preserve the Union, warning that he would use the full power of the presidency to “hold, occupy, and possess” all “property and places” belonging to the government, including federal forts and arsenals inside the seven states that had already joined the Confederate States of America. Chief Justice Roger Taney, a slave owner and the author of the Dred Scott decision, administered the oath of office.
Amid the crowd’s cheers as he accepted the nomination, Lincoln said, “There’s a little woman down at our house [who] would like to hear this. ” Like other presidential candidates of the time, Lincoln thought it undignified to campaign, and he remained in Springfield as an unprecedented four political parties battled for the presidency. Steven Douglas was the candidate of the Democratic Party, but a bloc of southern Democrats representing eleven slave-holding states had defected and nominated their own candidate, John C.
Many critics, notably Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, protested that Lincoln was usurping powers beyond constitutional limits. The president ignored him. When, in July 1861, Congress reconvened in a special session, Lincoln first noted that an insurrection “in nearly one-third of the States had subverted the whole of the laws. . ” Then and throughout the war, Congress chose not to question his power grab. By July, a federal army had assembled near Washington. Across the Potomac River, the Confederate force believed a single victory would prove decisive.
Abraham Lincoln. With Malice Toward None by Willard Sterne Randall