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Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second…
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Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln (editie 2020)

door Edward Achorn (Auteur)

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"By March 4, 1865, the Civil War had slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans and left intractable wounds on the nation. That day, after a morning of rain-drenched fury, tens of thousands crowded Washington's Capitol grounds to see Abraham Lincoln take the oath for a second term. As the sun emerged, Lincoln rose to give perhaps the greatest inaugural address in American history, stunning the nation by arguing, in a brief 701 words, that both sides had been wrong, and that the war's unimaginable horrors-every drop of blood spilled-might well have been God's just verdict on the national sin of slavery. Edward Achorn reveals the nation's capital on that momentous day-with its mud, sewage, and saloons, its prostitutes, spies, reporters, social-climbing spouses, and power-hungry politicians-as a microcosm of all the opposing forces that had driven the country apart. Achorn weaves together the stories of the host of characters, unknown and famous, that had converged on Washington-from grievously wounded Union colonel Selden Connor in a Washington hospital, embarrassingly drunk new vice president Andrew Johnson, and poet-journalist Walt Whitman, to soldiers' advocate Clara Barton, African American leader Frederick Douglass (who called the speech "a sacred effort"), and conflicted actor John Wilkes Booth-all swirling around the complex figure of Lincoln. In indelible scenes, Achorn vividly captures the frenzy in the nation's capital at this crucial moment in America's history and the tension-filled hope and despair afflicting the country as a whole, soon to be heightened by Lincoln's assassination. His story offers new understanding of our great national crisis, and echoes down the decades to resonate in our own time"--… (meer)
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Titel:Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
Auteurs:Edward Achorn (Auteur)
Info:Atlantic Monthly Press (2020), 336 pages
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Every Drop of Blood: Hatred and Healing at Lincoln's Second Inauguration door Edward Achorn

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Do I really need another book on Lincoln? Of course, I do. This book gives a fascinating look at the days leading up to and following the inauguration of Lincoln for a second term. The focal point, his memorable address, is analyzed cogently. It was interesting to read how the editorial reactions across the country varied so widely; many entirely missing the beauty and significance of this speech. Rather than a triumphant and celebratory message, Lincoln showed that the war's cause -- slavery -- was a sin to be attributed to the entire nation. The author enlightens us that this deeper meaning is overshadowed by the so memorable phrases of the war continuing "until every drop of blood drawn by the lash, shall be paid by another drawn by the sword" and "With malice toward none; with charity toward all...".

The story also covers others who were in the picture as the day enfolded. Particularly featured were Walt Whitman, present in Washington during the war years, and John Wilkes Booth who came quite close to Lincoln on inauguration day. The breakdown of security for the president that permitted Booth to enter the theater box is astonishing to consider. Who knew that one of Booth's lovers was the daughter of a prominent senator, a circumstance covered up in the post assassination investigations. ( )
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"By March 4, 1865, the Civil War had slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans and left intractable wounds on the nation. That day, after a morning of rain-drenched fury, tens of thousands crowded Washington's Capitol grounds to see Abraham Lincoln take the oath for a second term. As the sun emerged, Lincoln rose to give perhaps the greatest inaugural address in American history, stunning the nation by arguing, in a brief 701 words, that both sides had been wrong, and that the war's unimaginable horrors-every drop of blood spilled-might well have been God's just verdict on the national sin of slavery. Edward Achorn reveals the nation's capital on that momentous day-with its mud, sewage, and saloons, its prostitutes, spies, reporters, social-climbing spouses, and power-hungry politicians-as a microcosm of all the opposing forces that had driven the country apart. Achorn weaves together the stories of the host of characters, unknown and famous, that had converged on Washington-from grievously wounded Union colonel Selden Connor in a Washington hospital, embarrassingly drunk new vice president Andrew Johnson, and poet-journalist Walt Whitman, to soldiers' advocate Clara Barton, African American leader Frederick Douglass (who called the speech "a sacred effort"), and conflicted actor John Wilkes Booth-all swirling around the complex figure of Lincoln. In indelible scenes, Achorn vividly captures the frenzy in the nation's capital at this crucial moment in America's history and the tension-filled hope and despair afflicting the country as a whole, soon to be heightened by Lincoln's assassination. His story offers new understanding of our great national crisis, and echoes down the decades to resonate in our own time"--

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