Lincoln’s First Crisis

Lincoln’s First Crisis

Abraham Lincoln, Fort Sumter, and His Rivals at the Beginning of the Civil War

William Johnson

In this thoughtful, careful reassessment of the Sumter crisis, Johnson combines thorough research and the latest historiography with a litigator's methodical analysis and a storyteller's ear to reconstruct the beginning of the Civil War from the White House to Brooklyn.
Publication date:
June 2020
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
20
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9780811739405

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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£19.95

Overview
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When Abraham Lincoln swore his oath as president on March 4, 1861, the United States was disintegrating. Seven states had seceded, and at least another four and as many as eight remained up for grabs, depending how the new president handled the secession crisis, especially at the flashpoint of Fort Sumter in South Carolina, heart of the rebellion. The fate of the republic quite literally hung in the balance.

Lincoln's First Crisis covers four of the most consequential months in American history, December 1860 through April 1861. The seceded states hoped to maneuver Lincoln into firing the first shots at Sumter and sparking a civil war, and actively worked toward that goal.

The Sumter crisis has been hotly debated, and deeply researched, for more than 150 years. In this thoughtful, careful reassessment, Johnson combines thorough research and the latest historiography with a litigator's methodical analysis and a storyteller's ear to reconstruct the beginning of the Civil War from the White House to Brooklyn.