Lincoln Dreamt He Died by Andrew Burstein
The Midnight Visions of Remarkable Americans from Colonial Times to Freud

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Before Sigmund Freud made dreams the cornerstone of understanding an individual’s inner life, Americans shared their dreams unabashedly with one another through letters, diaries, and casual conversation. In this innovative new book, highly regarded historian Andrew Burstein goes back for the first time to discover what we can learn about the lives and emotions of Americans, from colonial times to the beginning of the modern age. Through a thorough study of dreams recorded by iconic figures such as John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, as well as everyday men and women, we glimpse the emotions of earlier generations and understand how those feelings shaped their lives and careers, and thus gain a fuller multi-dimensional sense of our own past. No one has ever looked at the building blocks of the American identity in this way, and Burstein reveals important clues and landmarks that show the origins of the ideas and values that remain central to who we are today.


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Andrew Burstein is the Charles P. Manship Professor of History at Louisiana State University, and the author of The Passions of Andrew Jackson, Jefferson’s Secrets, and Madison and Jefferson, among others. Burstein’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and, and he advised Ken Burns’s production "Thomas Jefferson."  He has been featured on C-SPAN's American Presidents Series and Booknotes, as well as numerous NPR programs, including Talk of the Nation and The Diane Rehm Show. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Published May 28, 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 335 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Self Help. Non-fiction

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An acclaimed historian dives headlong into the dreams of some iconic Americans.

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This quirky, episodic 200-year gambol explores the development of the American Dream by unpacking Americans’ dreams. Historian Burstein (Madison and Jefferson, coauthor) interweaves dense cultural his

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