The Resource Mourning Lincoln, Martha Hodes

Mourning Lincoln, Martha Hodes

Label
Mourning Lincoln
Title
Mourning Lincoln
Statement of responsibility
Martha Hodes
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 15, 1865, just days after Confederate surrender, astounded the war-weary nation. Massive crowds turned out for services and ceremonies. Countless expressions of grief and dismay were printed in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination have been well chronicled, but this book is the first to delve into the personal and intimate responses of everyday people - northerners and southerners, soldiers and civilians, black people and white, men and women, rich and poor. Through deep and thoughtful exploration of diaries, letters, and other personal writings penned during the spring and summer of 1865, Martha Hodes, one of our finest historians, captures the full range of reactions to the president's death - far more diverse than public expressions would suggest. She tells a story of shock, glee, sorrow, anger, blame, and fear. "'Tis the saddest day in our history," wrote a mournful man. It was "an electric shock to my soul," wrote a woman who had escaped from slavery. "Glorious News!" a Lincoln enemy exulted. "Old Lincoln is dead, and I will kill the goddamned Negroes now," an angry white southerner ranted. For the black soldiers of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts, it was all "too overwhelming, too lamentable, too distressing" to absorb. There are many surprises in the story Hodes tells, not least the way in which even those utterly devastated by Lincoln's demise easily interrupted their mourning rituals to attend to the most mundane aspects of everyday life. There is also the unexpected and unabated virulence of Lincoln's northern critics, and the way Confederates simultaneously celebrated Lincoln's death and instantly - on the very day he died - cast him as a fallen friend to the defeated white South. Hodes brings to life a key moment of national uncertainty and confusion, when competing visions of America's future proved irreconcilable and hopes for racial justice in the aftermath of the Civil War slipped from the nation's grasp. Hodes masterfully brings the tragedy of Lincoln's assassination alive in human terms - terms that continue to stagger and rivet us one hundred and fifty years after the event they so strikingly describe
Title
Mourning Lincoln
Creator
Summary
"How did individual Americans respond to the shock of President Lincoln's assassination? Diaries, letters, and intimate writings reveal a complicated, untold story."--Publisher's description
Subject
Genre
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10403851
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
973.7/092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E457.52
LC item number
.H63 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/titleStatement
Martha Hodes
Label
Mourning Lincoln, Martha Hodes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Good Friday, 1865 -- Victory and Defeat -- Interlude : Rumors -- Shock -- Interlude : Men Weeping -- Glee -- Interlude : Public Condolences -- God -- Interlude : Love -- Blame -- Interlude : Best Friend -- Funeral -- Interlude : Springtime -- Everyday Life -- Interlude : Young Folk -- Everyday Loss -- Interlude : Mary Lincoln -- Nation -- Interlude : Relics -- Justice -- Interlude : Peace -- Summer 1865 and Beyond
Control code
20382641
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 396 pages
Isbn
9780300195804
Lccn
2014952310
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
20382641
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn886493416
  • (OCoLC)886493416

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