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Mourning Lincoln

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780300219753
Author(s): Martha Hodes
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: Yale University Press
Dimensions: 157 x 234 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 408

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How did individual Americans respond to the shock of President Lincoln's assassination? Diaries, letters, and intimate writings reveal a complicated, untold story. The news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 15, 1865, just days after Confederate surrender, astounded the war-weary nation. Massive crowds turned out for services and ceremonies. Countless expressions of grief and dismay were printed in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination have been well chronicled, but this book is the first to delve into the personal and intimate responses of everyday people-northerners and southerners, soldiers and civilians, black people and white, men and women, rich and poor. Through deep and thoughtful exploration of diaries, letters, and other personal writings penned during the spring and summer of 1865, Martha Hodes, one of our finest historians, captures the full range of reactions to the president's death-far more diverse than public expressions would suggest. She tells a story of shock, glee, sorrow, anger, blame, and fear. ''Tis the saddest day in our history,' wrote a mournful man.
It was 'an electric shock to my soul,' wrote a woman who had escaped from slavery. 'Glorious News!' a Lincoln enemy exulted. 'Old Lincoln is dead, and I will kill the goddamned Negroes now,' an angry white southerner ranted. For the black soldiers of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts, it was all 'too overwhelming, too lamentable, too d Please click here to ask a question
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