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Title Every drop of blood : the momentous second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln / Edward Achorn.
Author Achorn, Edward, author.
Publication New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020.
Copyright date ©2020
Edition First edition.
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Description 1 online resource (xxxvi, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations.
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-321) and index.
Contents Bloody Gashes on the Face of Heaven -- One and a Half Times Bigger -- A Message from Grant -- The Real Precious and Royal Ones -- Meditation on the Divine Will -- Public Sentiment Is Everything -- Indefinable Fascination -- The Blighting Pestilence -- There Was Murder in the Air -- A Future with Hope in It -- Andy Ain't a Drunkard -- An Excellent Chance to Kill the President -- With Malice toward None -- A Truth That Needed to Be Told -- A Sacred Effort -- Epilogue: The Stuff to Carry Them Through.
Summary "By March 4, 1865, the Civil War had slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans and left intractable wounds on the nation. That day, after a morning of rain-drenched fury, tens of thousands crowded Washington's Capitol grounds to see Abraham Lincoln take the oath for a second term. As the sun emerged, Lincoln rose to give perhaps the greatest inaugural address in American history, stunning the nation by arguing, in a brief 701 words, that both sides had been wrong, and that the war's unimaginable horrors-every drop of blood spilled-might well have been God's just verdict on the national sin of slavery. Edward Achorn reveals the nation's capital on that momentous day-with its mud, sewage, and saloons, its prostitutes, spies, reporters, social-climbing spouses, and power-hungry politicians-as a microcosm of all the opposing forces that had driven the country apart. Achorn weaves together the stories of the host of characters, unknown and famous, that had converged on Washington-from grievously wounded Union colonel Selden Connor in a Washington hospital, embarrassingly drunk new vice president Andrew Johnson, and poet-journalist Walt Whitman, to soldiers' advocate Clara Barton, African American leader Frederick Douglass (who called the speech "a sacred effort"), and conflicted actor John Wilkes Booth-all swirling around the complex figure of Lincoln. In indelible scenes, Achorn vividly captures the frenzy in the nation's capital at this crucial moment in America's history and the tension-filled hope and despair afflicting the country as a whole, soon to be heightened by Lincoln's assassination. His story offers new understanding of our great national crisis, and echoes down the decades to resonate in our own time"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Inaugurations.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Influence.
Washington (D.C.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Washington (D.C.) -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Washington (D.C.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. (OCoLC)fst00030184
American Civil War (1861-1865) (OCoLC)fst01351658
Inauguration. (OCoLC)fst01198743
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) (OCoLC)fst00972484
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Washington (D.C.) (OCoLC)fst01204505
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Alt Title Momentous second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
Related To Print version: Achorn, Edward. Every drop of blood. First edition. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020 9780802148742 (DLC) 2019045236 (OCoLC)1124773828
ISBN 9780802148766 (electronic bk.)
080214876X (electronic bk.)

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