By Gilbert H. Muller
This definitive twin portrait bargains a clean viewpoint on Abraham Lincoln and William Cullen Bryant’s the most important position in raising him to the presidency. The ebook additionally sheds new mild at the impression that “Bryant and his classification” (as Lincoln referred to as the unconventional Republican faction whose perspectives Bryant articulated) wielded at the leader government. How the wary president and the preeminent editor of the Fourth property interacted—and how their ideological conflict tilted progressively in Bryant’s favor—is the center piece of this examine. a piece of meticulous scholarship and a version of compression, Lincoln and Bryant is a watershed account of 2 Republicans scuffling with universal enemies (and one another) through the Civil warfare era.
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At his dying in 1878 William Cullen Bryant have been, for fifty-one years, the executive editor and a significant proprietor of the hot York night submit. The paper have been began in 1801 by way of legal professional William Coleman in organization with the Federalist baby-kisser Alexander Hamilton. In 1826, Coleman employed Bryant as a reporter.
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Despite these uncertainties and impediments, Lincoln sensed that his triumph in New York City and New England had positioned him nicely for the Republican national convention scheduled for Chicago in May. As Lincoln pondered his presidential prospects, the man who had introduced him to an Eastern audience remained noncommittal. Bryant said little in print about the prairie politician or any other Republican, preferring instead to attack the leading Democratic candidate for the presidency, Stephen Douglas.
In “A Few Plain Words of Advice” Bryant’s great gift for prose is luminous—a counterpart to the sublimity of his finest lyrics. THE CAMPAIGN OF 1860: “A REAL REPRESENTATIVE MAN” 43 The poet-editor yokes a potent ideological intelligence to brilliant rhetoric in his critique of slavery, promising that a Lincoln candidacy could heal national divisions. On June 16, Bryant wrote to Lincoln to congratulate him and offer avuncular advice as well. ) In the body of his letter, Bryant offered sage advice to Lincoln that would be echoed by other key supporters.
It took a moment for the audience to adjust to the sight of the tall, disheveled speaker. Nott recalled, had to adjust as well to his audience, for he uttered his first words in a high-pitched, Kentucky twang that amazed the elite New York audience. But Joseph Choate recalled decades later that once Lincoln found his bearings and his voice, a transformation occurred in the Great Hall, and gradually speaker and audience became one in their outrage over the moral bankruptcy of slavery. In the few free hours available between Saturday afternoon and Monday evening, Lincoln had transformed a speech intended for a church congregation into an anti-slavery exegesis designed for Cooper Union’s LINCOLN AT COOPER UNION: “AN EMINENT CITIZEN OF THE WEST” 25 distinguished cosmopolitan audience.
Abraham Lincoln and William Cullen Bryant: Their Civil War by Gilbert H. Muller