Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln

Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln grew up within the lengthy shadow of the Founding Fathers. looking an highbrow and emotional substitute for his personal taciturn father, Lincoln grew to become to the nice males of the founding—Washington, Paine, Jefferson—and their nice documents—the statement of Independence, the Constitution—for wisdom, assistance, idea, and objective. Out of the ability vacuum created via their passing, Lincoln emerged from between his friends because the real heir of the Founders’ mantle, bringing their imaginative and prescient to endure at the Civil struggle and the query of slavery.

In Founders’ Son, celebrated historian Richard Brookhiser offers a compelling new biography of Abraham Lincoln that highlights his lifelong fight to hold at the paintings of the Founding Fathers. Following Lincoln from his humble origins in Kentucky to his assassination in Washington, D.C., Brookhiser exhibits us each part of the fellow: laborer, legal professional, congressman, president; storyteller, wit, lover of ribald jokes; depressive, poet, pal, visionary. And he indicates that regardless of his many jobs and his assorted existence, Lincoln back time and time back to the Founders. They have been rhetorical and political touchstones, the root of his curiosity in politics, and the lodestars guiding him as he navigated first Illinois politics after which the nationwide scene.

But their legacy with now not enough. because the Civil conflict lengthened and the casualties fixed Lincoln wrestled with yet one more paternal figure—God the Father—to clarify to himself, and to the kingdom, why finishing slavery had come at any such negative price.

Bridging the wealthy and tumultuous interval from the founding of the USA to the Civil battle, Founders’ Son is in contrast to any Lincoln biography so far. Penetrating in its perception, based in its prose, and gripping in its bright activity of Lincoln’s roving brain at paintings, this publication permits us to imagine anew in regards to the first hundred years of yankee historical past, and indicates how we will, like Lincoln, practice the legacy of the Founding Fathers to our times.

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