The Civil War Presidents: The Lives and Legacies of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis

The Civil War Presidents: The Lives and Legacies of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis
Author: Charles River Editors
Language English
Pages: 137
Genre: Uncategorized
Goodreads Rating: 4.33
Published: April 18th 2012

*Includes pictures of each general and important people, places, and events in their lives *Includes an introduction for each president *Includes a Table of Contents *Includes bibliographies for each president Despite the fact that the Civil War began over 150 years ago, it remains one of the most widely discussed topics in America today, with Americans arguing over its causes, reenacting its famous battles, and debating which general was better than others. Americans continue to be fascinated by the Civil War leaders who made the difference between victory and defeat. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is one of the most famous Americans in history and one of the country's most revered presidents. Schoolchildren can recite the life story of Lincoln, the "Westerner" who educated himself and became a self made man, rising from lawyer to leader of the new Republican Party before becoming the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln successfully navigated the Union through the Civil War but didn't live to witness his crowning achievement, becoming the first president assassinated when he was shot at Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. History has accorded Abraham Lincoln a spot in the pantheon of American politics for the manner in which he steered the Union to victory and into the Reconstruction period after the war. In turn, Jefferson Davis has been heavily criticized. Davis constantly clashed with Confederate generals like Joseph Johnston, the South's diplomacy failed to obtain foreign intervention, and he was unable to keep the Southern states together cohesively as the Confederate economy began to collapse. Whether the Civil War would have ended any differently with someone else in charge of the Confederacy will never be known, but Davis had a tumultuous presidency. Given the charged nature of the Civil War during the fighting and the years after it, the legacies of both men often obscure what they were like in life. The Civil War Presidents humanizes the two important leaders, chronicling their antebellum lives, their politics, their presidencies, and ultimately their legacies. Along with pictures of both presidents, an original introduction for both, and pictures of other important people, places and events in their lives, you will learn about the Civil War presidents like you never have before, in no time at all.