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on Abraham Lincoln, where he pointed out that the American hero was not without flaws, Wendell Phillips, where he criticized Phillip's critics, and The Spoilsmen, in which he revealed the harsh reality of industrialization and its effect on politics and the economy. Hofstadter was part of a cynical undertow in a wave of progressive writing. The American Political Tradition is a very satisfying contradiction to all the hero praising, progressive historical writings of its time.
Thompson, editor, Essays on Lincoln’s Faith and Politics, p.
Abraham Lincoln is not only considered to be one of America’s greatest Presidents, but also is viewed as someone who helped to define America by his words as well as his deeds. Using the chapter (5) on Lincoln in the Hofstadter book and the four documents by Lincoln in the documents book, answer the following:
a)What is Hofstadter’s over-all judgment of Lincoln as a politician and a president?; and
b)Choosing any two of the documents by Lincoln (1st Inaugural, Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, 2nd Inaugural), describe the specific historical context in which they were delivered, and show how they relate to other themes or ideas in American history (before 1865) which have been addressed in this course.