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Lincoln Looks West: From the Mississippi to the Pacific


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This first-ever volume to comprehensively explore President Abraham Lincolns ties to the American West brings together a variety of scholars and experts who offer a fascinating look at the sixteenth presidents lasting legacy in the territory beyond the Mississippi River. Editor Richard W. Etulains extensive introductory essay treats these western connections from Lincolns early reactions to Texas, Oregon, and the Mexican War in the 1840s, through the 1850s, and during his presidency, providing a framework for the nine essays that follow.

Each of these essays offers compelling insight into the many facets of Lincolns often complex interactions with the American West. Included in this collection are a provocative examination of Lincolns opposition to the Mexican War; a discussion of the presidents antislavery politics as applied to the new arena of the West; new perspectives on Lincolns views regarding the Thirteenth Amendment and his reluctance regarding the admission of Nevada to the Union; a fresh look at the impact of the Radical Republicans on Lincolns patronage and appointments in the West; and discussion of Lincolns favorable treatment of New Mexico and Arizona, primarily Southern and Democratic areas, in an effort to garner their loyalty to the Union. Also analyzed is “The Tribe of Abraham”—Lincolns less-than-competent appointments in Washington Territory made on the basis of political friendship—and the ways in which Lincolns political friends in the Western Territories influenced his western policies. Other essays look at Lincolns dealings with the Mormons of Utah, who supported the president in exchange for his tolerance, and American Indians, whose relations with the government suffered as the presidents attention was consumed by the crisis of the Civil War.

In addition to these illuminating discussions, Etulain includes a detailed bibliographical essay, complete with examinations of previous interpretations and topics needing further research, as well as an extensive list of resources for more information on Lincoln's ties west of the Mississippi. Loaded with a wealth of information and fresh historical perspectives, Lincoln Looks West explores yet another intriguing dimension to this dynamic leader and to the history of the American West.




Richard W. Etulain

Michael S. Green

Robert W. Johannsen

Deren Earl Kellogg

Mark E. Neely Jr.

David A. Nichols

Earl S. Pomeroy

Larry Schweikart

Vincent G. Tegeder

Paul M. Zall



About the Author

Richard W. Etulain, a professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, is the author or editor of more than forty books, primarily on the history and culture of the American West. His most recent book is Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West. He is a coeditor of the Concise Lincoln Library book series.


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Etulain, Richard W.
Southern Illinois University Press
Green, Michael
Johannsen, Robert W.
Johannsen, Robert W.
Pomeroy, Earl S.
Schweikart, Larry
Tegeder, Vincent G.
Green, Michael S.
Nichols, David A.
Kellogg, Deren Earl
Neely, Mark E., Jr.
Zall, Paul M.
Lincoln, Abraham
United States Territorial expansion.
United States - 19th Century/Old West
United States - 19th Century
United States - State & Local - West
Presidents & Heads of State
US History-19th Century
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1st Edition
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9 x 6 in
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History and Social Science » US History » Presidents » Lincoln, Abraham
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