The Case of Abraham Lincoln by Julie M. Fenster
A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President

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The year 1856 was a pivotal one for this country, witnessing the birth of the Republican Party as we know it. But it was also a critical year in the troubled political life of Abraham Lincoln. As a lawyer, he tried his most scandalous murder case. At the same time, he made a decision which unleashed his soaring abilities for the first time, a decision which reverberates to this day: whether or not to join the new Republican Party. The Case of Abraham Lincoln offers the first-ever account of the suspenseful Anderson Murder Case, and Lincoln's role in it. Bestselling historian Fenster not only examines the case that changed Lincoln's fate, but portrays his day-to-day life as a circuit lawyer and how it shaped him as a politician. In a book that draws a picture of Lincoln in court and at home during that memorable season of 1856, Fenster also offers a close-up look at Lincoln's political work, much of it masterful, some of it adventurous, in building the party that would change his fate - and that of the nation.


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After graduating from Colgate University, Julie Fenster was a newspaper reporter. She joined the staff of Automobile Quarterly as an associate editor in 1986. That year she wrote Corvette: An American Legend, followed by Corvette: The Legend Lives On, which was named the "Best-written, Most Authoritative Book of 1987" by the National Automotive Journalism Association. Fenster has written several books on business history as well as many articles on general topics for American Heritage and its associated publications.
Published November 13, 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics, War. Non-fiction

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Through the lens of a sensational 1856 Springfield, Ill., murder case, a historian focuses on Abraham Lincoln the lawyer and politician, four years before his election to the presidency.

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In her dry, dense The Case of Abraham Lincoln, Julie M.

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