By Stephen B. Oates
“There is not any higher creation to present wondering Lincoln and his position in history.” —Newsday
“Here, in those pages, Lincoln continues to be alive.” —Los Angeles Times
From Stephen B. Oates comes a riveting significant other to his seminal Lincoln biography With Malice towards None. Exploring the complicated mythology surrounding the 16th President, together with iconic pictures of Lincoln as sincere Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the nice Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln: the fellow in the back of The Myths bargains a penetrating examine Lincoln’s existence and influence, indispensible for any pupil of significant management, the Civil warfare, and American heritage.
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The sea teemed with lobster, snapper, grouper, and conch, while the jungles were 20 A L E X A N D E R H A M I LT O N alive with parrots and mongooses. There were also monkeys galore, green vervets shipped from Africa earlier in the century. 40 It was all very pleasant and balmy, supremely beautiful and languid, if you were white, were rich, and turned a blind eye to the black population expiring in the canebrakes. If Rachel thought that Johann Michael Lavien’s appetite for revenge had been sated in Christiansted, she was sadly disabused of this notion in 1759.
Croix would have snickered at his bookish habits, making him feel freakish and contributing to an urgent need to ﬂee the West Indies. From his ﬁrst tentative forays in prose and verse, we can hazard an educated guess about the books that stocked his shelf. The poetry of Alexander Pope must have held an honored place, plus a French edition of Machiavelli’s The Prince and Plutarch’s Lives, rounded off by sermons and devotional tracts. If Hamilton felt something stiﬂingly provincial about St. Croix, literature would certainly have transported him to a more exalted realm.
Croix. He was a proud and sensitive boy, caught in the lower reaches of a rigid class society with small chance for social mobility. ”2 On November 11, 1769, in his earliest surviving letter, the fourteen-yearold Hamilton vented the blackest pent-up despair. Written in elegant penmanship, the letter shows that the young clerk felt demeaned by his lowly social station and chafed with excess energy. Already he sought psychic relief in extravagant fantasies of fame and faraway glory. The recipient was his dear friend and lookalike Edward Stevens, who had recently begun his studies at King’s College in New York: To confess my weakness, Ned, my ambition is [so] prevalent that I contemn the grovelling and conditions of a clerk or the like to which my fortune &c.
Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths by Stephen B. Oates