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ISBN

978-1476739434

Publication Date

April 2020

Price

$35.00

Publisher

Simon & Schuster

Abstract

During February 1861, President-elect Lincoln traveled by train from his home in Springfield, Illinois to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. While he crossed through eight states, crowds gathered to greet him at train stations along his route. The trip was both personally and politically perilous, but it offered him an opportunity to establish himself as a visible leader. Widmer’s book shows the president’s trip as his first step to a preordained immortality.

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