The Man Behind the Myths Book Review by Nicky

An analysis of the book "Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths" by Stephen B. Oates.
# 146679 | 981 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 11, 2011 in History (Leaders) , History (U.S. Presidency) , Literature (American)

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The paper looks at how Oates, in "Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths", attempts to make sense out of the Lincoln legend and the myths that have grown up around this memorable and tragic president. The paper describes the misperceptions Oates addresses and explains how Oates creates a portrait of real man and a great leader. The paper points out that this work serves as a warning to historians and researchers to get their facts straight.

From the Paper:

"One of the misperceptions Oates addresses is the evidence that elevates Lincoln to near "sainthood" compared with the evidence that shows he was depressed, morose, and miserable in his marriage. He cites two books written in the 19th century, by two very different authors, which claim to know the true Lincoln. One, written by Josiah Gilbert Holland portrays Lincoln as a pious man who grew from rags to riches and barely spoke a profane word. The other, written by William H. Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, portrays a man so in love with Anne Richardson he had nothing left to give Mary Todd, who Herndon called "a tigress" (Oates, 1994, p. 6), who was often depressed and quite the hell-raiser."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Oates, Stephen B. (1994). Abraham Lincoln: The man behind the myths. New York: HarperCollins.

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