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Lincoln and His World


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

1. 1843: Thwarted for a Congressional Seat 3

2. 1844: Thwarted Again 41

3. 1845: Maneuvering Toward Congress 80

4. 1846: Victory at Last 94

5. 1847: Never-Ending Politics 125

6. 1847-1848: Thirtieth Congress, First Session 157

7. 1848: Illinois and Massachusetts 193

8. 1848-1849: Thirtieth Congress, Second Session 217

9. 1850: Slavery 249

10. 1851: Slavery Still 285

11. 1852: Law and Politics 299

12. 1853: Last Days Before Battle 324

Chapter Notes 359

Sources 393

Index 405

About the Author

Richard Lawrence Miller worked for former President Herbert Hoover's personal archivist after college. He became a public radio producer, whose programs were heard on National Public Radio and other outlets. A retired community organizer, he lives in Kansas City, Missouri.


About the series: "Miller has done a formidable amount of reading in the Lincoln literature, as well as fine-combing the Illinois newspapers for previously unknown material"--Civil War News; "has great value and is distinctive"--Civil War Book Review; "brings the world of Lincoln and the early western frontier to life"--Patricia L. Goitein, Editor, Galena Trail newsletter; "Miller succeeds in his goal of laying out for all time the documentary record of Lincoln's political actions"--Civil War Studies; "abundant new information...a massive infusion of new material on Lincoln's initiation into politics and his rise to a position of leadership...survey of Illinois newspapers for these years is beyond anything previously attempted...another impressive feat is Miller's mining of the political handbill invaluable contribution"--Journal of American History; "full of revelations"

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