By Gilbert H. Muller
This definitive twin portrait deals a clean viewpoint on Abraham Lincoln and William Cullen Bryant’s the most important function in raising him to the presidency. The ebook additionally sheds new mild at the effect that “Bryant and his type” (as Lincoln known as the unconventional Republican faction whose perspectives Bryant articulated) wielded at the leader govt. How the wary president and the preeminent editor of the Fourth property interacted—and how their ideological conflict tilted progressively in Bryant’s favor—is the center piece of this learn. a piece of meticulous scholarship and a version of compression, Lincoln and Bryant is a watershed account of 2 Republicans struggling with universal enemies (and one another) through the Civil battle era.
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The audience erupted once more in applause as Lincoln slowly unwound from his chair and strode to the podium. It took a moment for the audience to adjust to the sight of the tall, disheveled speaker. Nott recalled, had to adjust as well to his audience, for he uttered his first words in a high-pitched, Kentucky twang that amazed the elite New York audience. But Joseph Choate recalled decades later that once Lincoln found his bearings and his voice, a transformation occurred in the Great Hall, and gradually speaker and audience became one in their outrage over the moral bankruptcy of slavery.
Three days later, he attacked secessionists threatening to break up the Union: “These people are spoiled children. ” In attacking slavery and its supporters, Bryant was under no illusion that New Yorkers were sympathetic to Republican ideals. He understood that New York City was a Democratic bastion and a Southern town, its political sentiments and wealth linked to the South’s slave economy. Nevertheless, for his January 14 editorial, Bryant urged the metropolitan police force not to enforce the Fugitive Slave Law.
With a stentorian roll of the tongue that provoked renewed laughter and applause, Lincoln chided the South for its blind endorsement of Douglas’s “gur-reat pur-rincipal” of popular sovereignty. Lincoln shifted to a combative tone in offering a rousing rejection of charges by the South that Republicans were responsible for the crisis over slavery—for fomenting slave revolts and encouraging abolitionists like John Brown. Distancing himself from Brown and his “absurd” and “peculiar” effort to provoke a slave revolt, Lincoln dared the South to prove that Republicans were responsible for Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry.