Six Encounters with Lincoln - A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons-logo

Six Encounters with Lincoln - A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons

Elizabeth Brown Pryor

From an award-winning historian, an engrossing look at how Abraham Lincoln grappled with the challenges of leadership in an unruly democracy An awkward first meeting with U.S. Army officers, on the eve of the Civil War. A conversation on the White House portico with a young cavalry sergeant who was a fiercely dedicated abolitionist. A tense exchange on a navy ship with a Confederate editor and businessman. In this eye-opening book, Elizabeth Brown Pryor examines six intriguing, mostly unknown encounters that Abraham Lincoln had with his constituents. Taken together, they reveal his character and opinions in unexpected ways, illustrating his difficulties in managing a republic and creating a presidency. Pryor probes both the political demons that Lincoln battled in his ambitious exercise of power and the demons that arose from the very nature of democracy itself: the clamorous diversity of the populace, with its outspoken demands. She explores the trouble Lincoln sometimes had in communicating and in juggling the multiple concerns that make up being a political leader; how conflicted he was over the problem of emancipation; and the misperceptions Lincoln and the South held about each other. Pryor also provides a fascinating discussion of Lincoln's fondness for storytelling and how he used his skills as a raconteur to enhance both his personal and political power. Based on scrupulous research that draws on hundreds of eyewitness letters, diaries, and newspaper excerpts, Six Encounters with Lincoln offers a fresh portrait of Lincoln as the beleaguered politician who was not especially popular with the people he needed to govern with, and who had to deal with the many critics, naysayers, and dilemmas he faced without always knowing the right answer. What it shows most clearly is that greatness was not simply laid on Lincoln's shoulders like a mantle, but was won in fits and starts. With a Foreword read by the Author's sister, Beverly Brown

From an award-winning historian, an engrossing look at how Abraham Lincoln grappled with the challenges of leadership in an unruly democracy An awkward first meeting with U.S. Army officers, on the eve of the Civil War. A conversation on the White House portico with a young cavalry sergeant who was a fiercely dedicated abolitionist. A tense exchange on a navy ship with a Confederate editor and businessman. In this eye-opening book, Elizabeth Brown Pryor examines six intriguing, mostly unknown encounters that Abraham Lincoln had with his constituents. Taken together, they reveal his character and opinions in unexpected ways, illustrating his difficulties in managing a republic and creating a presidency. Pryor probes both the political demons that Lincoln battled in his ambitious exercise of power and the demons that arose from the very nature of democracy itself: the clamorous diversity of the populace, with its outspoken demands. She explores the trouble Lincoln sometimes had in communicating and in juggling the multiple concerns that make up being a political leader; how conflicted he was over the problem of emancipation; and the misperceptions Lincoln and the South held about each other. Pryor also provides a fascinating discussion of Lincoln's fondness for storytelling and how he used his skills as a raconteur to enhance both his personal and political power. Based on scrupulous research that draws on hundreds of eyewitness letters, diaries, and newspaper excerpts, Six Encounters with Lincoln offers a fresh portrait of Lincoln as the beleaguered politician who was not especially popular with the people he needed to govern with, and who had to deal with the many critics, naysayers, and dilemmas he faced without always knowing the right answer. What it shows most clearly is that greatness was not simply laid on Lincoln's shoulders like a mantle, but was won in fits and starts. With a Foreword read by the Author's sister, Beverly Brown
More Information

Description:

From an award-winning historian, an engrossing look at how Abraham Lincoln grappled with the challenges of leadership in an unruly democracy An awkward first meeting with U.S. Army officers, on the eve of the Civil War. A conversation on the White House portico with a young cavalry sergeant who was a fiercely dedicated abolitionist. A tense exchange on a navy ship with a Confederate editor and businessman. In this eye-opening book, Elizabeth Brown Pryor examines six intriguing, mostly unknown encounters that Abraham Lincoln had with his constituents. Taken together, they reveal his character and opinions in unexpected ways, illustrating his difficulties in managing a republic and creating a presidency. Pryor probes both the political demons that Lincoln battled in his ambitious exercise of power and the demons that arose from the very nature of democracy itself: the clamorous diversity of the populace, with its outspoken demands. She explores the trouble Lincoln sometimes had in communicating and in juggling the multiple concerns that make up being a political leader; how conflicted he was over the problem of emancipation; and the misperceptions Lincoln and the South held about each other. Pryor also provides a fascinating discussion of Lincoln's fondness for storytelling and how he used his skills as a raconteur to enhance both his personal and political power. Based on scrupulous research that draws on hundreds of eyewitness letters, diaries, and newspaper excerpts, Six Encounters with Lincoln offers a fresh portrait of Lincoln as the beleaguered politician who was not especially popular with the people he needed to govern with, and who had to deal with the many critics, naysayers, and dilemmas he faced without always knowing the right answer. What it shows most clearly is that greatness was not simply laid on Lincoln's shoulders like a mantle, but was won in fits and starts. With a Foreword read by the Author's sister, Beverly Brown

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr, Beverly Brown

Length:

17h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:52


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:28


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:39


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:16


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:01


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:02


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:54


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:22


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:36


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:33


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:33


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:40


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:11


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:42


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:26


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:55


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:36


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:09


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:44


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:12


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:36


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:09


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:23


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:10


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:08


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:03


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:59


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:25


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:13


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:08


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:11


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:08


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:02


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:48


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:51


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:44


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:12


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:35


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:41


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:35


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:38


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:25


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:28


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:27


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:54


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:17


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:54


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:18


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:05


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

09:38


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:22


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:08


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:33


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:38


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:20


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:49


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:12


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:47


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:26


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:43


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:40


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

09:01


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:41


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:35


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

09:24


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:46


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:32


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:40


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:13


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:54


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:46


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:38


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:46


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:39


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

08:17


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:13


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:21


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:19


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

06:28


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:17


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:11


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

08:24


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

08:18


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:12


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:48


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:31


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

00:41