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Team of Rivals
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln | Doris Kearns Goodwin
Winner of the Lincoln Prize Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war. We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.
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ReadingDownUnder
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This has been a slog and is slowing down my #NFNov progress. #TIL that McLellan was a bad military commander. So why is his name in my head as being all over DC and Arlington? More research needed.
@Clwojick @rsteve388

rsteve388 4 pta 3w
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ReadingDownUnder
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I‘ve had this on my shelf to read forever. Finally decided to let someone read it to me! #TIL that political conventions used to be very different and the candidates didn‘t even attend. #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Clwojick 4 pts.! 3w
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Susanita
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Many of my #nonfiction books are about the Civil War. #gratefulreads

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 1mo
Linsy Great collection! 1mo
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NAM99
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Pickpick

What Lincoln did after winning the Republican nomination was always impressive. Doris Kearny‘s Goodwin does a phenomenal job drawing the picture of Lincoln and in particular, his relationships with Seward and Grant.

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v_y1990
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All time favorite!! Nobody is born great, they become one by putting in hell lot of effort..

wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 7mo
v_y1990 @wanderinglynn thankyou! 7mo
Ericalambbrown Welcome! And great book 😊📚 7mo
RaimeyGallant Interesting! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 7mo
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Pickpick

This was so good, I feel like I need to own it. Beautifully written. #22 #2019

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kricheal
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlylistening

Amiable Great book! And the movie was awesome, too. Although the events detailed in the movie are basically just a part of one chapter in the entire book! 9mo
Gezemice I have listened to this one, too, and it was one of my favorites this year. Even though it is very long, I could not stop listening! Enjoy! 9mo
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Gezemice
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I have not posted #monthlystats in a while, but I am on a roll this month. I am quite sure I completely left my previous page total in the dust - mainly due to listening to some hefty nonfiction books.
I loved so many, picking favorites is so hard - but I gotta pick Team of Rivals as the best. I rolled through Murderbot, Pratchett is always fun, and Guns, Germs and Steel is view-altering. Honorary mention: Killers of the Flower Moon. #gezestats

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Gezemice
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Pickpick

Lincoln was amazing, and this book is also amazing. Goodwin draws a great portrait of a great man, and the great men he surrounded himself with. We get detailed insight into the war, battles, political intrigue. The women are not forgotten either; we get to know Mary Lincoln and Kate Chase and the vivid social life of Washington; the families and children of the main cabinet members.

I loved it, despite its enormous size. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KathyWheeler I loved this book too. My husband and I listened to it on a long trip — he picked it but I was against it since I thought it wouldn‘t be good as an audiobook. I was wrong. 10mo
Gezemice @KathyWheeler That must have been a long trip! I also listened, and my husband is listening to it, too, albeit much slower. It works great on audio. I find that nonfiction generally works better for me on audio. 10mo
KathyWheeler @Gezemice 24 hours. When I started listening to audiobooks, I could only listen to nonfiction and I had to be in an enclosed space like a car. I‘ve gotten better and more able to listen to fiction over the years. 10mo
Gezemice @KathyWheeler I used to do the car, too, but now I use a Bluetooth headset and do it while doing errands or chores, too. My audio-reading increased a lot! 10mo
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Sharpeipup
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http://www.businessinsider.com/11-books-that-will-make-you-smarter-about-politic...

Politics are a hot topic especially of late & a subject that I am not well versed in. So with Independence Day rapidly approaching, I hope to tackle a few.

Let me know if you have read any of these or have more to add. #readinglist #politics #nonfiction

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I read Fascism a few months ago, and I have Team of Rivals sitting on my shelf and I‘m hoping to get to it next year. 12mo
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Kimberlone
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#Riotgrams #Freebie

I love freebies! A charter school I work with recently had a curriculum clean out and they were giving away all kinds of textbooks and actual books. I picked up a bunch of Folger Shakespeare editions (at the office currently) and this one for me! I‘ve wanted to read this book since the movie Lincoln came out (it‘s based on this book!).

Kaye Excellent book ! 1y
staci.reads Read this last summer. Loved it! 1y
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MissyMelissy
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Tucked in bed with tea and Team of Rivals. Awaiting the impending snow storm. Praying for a snow day!

RaimeyGallant Sounds wonderful. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 2y
Chelleo Welcome! Some fun folks to follow: @MrBook @Jess7 @Avanders @LeshaMac @EchoLogical @cocomass Also check out the #ListyHappenings and @LitsyHappenings to find out about the various swaps, challenges and meet ups taking place 2y
LeshaMac Welcome to litsy! 2y
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cocomass Hi there! 🙋🏽‍♀️ Welcome to Litsy! We‘re happy to have you 😊 2y
Avanders Hello @MissyMelissy and welcome to Litsy!! Thanks for the tag @Chelleo ! 😘😘 (oh and if you like the idea of swaps, @LitsySwaps is the page to follow for that ☺️) (edited) 2y
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Susanita
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I think of this book every time 45 fires someone who says “no” to him. 🤦🏻‍♀️

keithmalek I've never read this book, but it's subject matter is a bit exaggerated. Even if Lincoln intentionally set up a team of rivals, EVERY White House administration has rivalries. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I haven‘t read this one yet, but the movie was great. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @keithmalek Every White House does, but Lincoln purposefully put his opponents in high positions in his cabinet, so he could hear all the arguments. It‘s not something anyone would do now, probably the closest is Obama making Biden his running mate and Clinton his Sec. of State. (edited) 2y
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RaimeyGallant I'm going to start calling him 45. I think I'll be able to palate it better. 2y
Susanita @keithmalek @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I wonder how much of the “rivalry” in this WH is who can throw whom under the bus the fastest? Chris Wallace was on the local affiliate this morning and said 45 doesn‘t really like for anyone to tell him no. That doesn‘t say leadership to me, whatever the size or importance of the endeavor being led. @RaimeyGallant He Who Must Not Be Named also works, but it‘s sometimes unwieldy. 😀 2y
RaimeyGallant Haha. :) I told my parents already, and they agree on 45. Much more palatable. 2y
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Amiable
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My year in books. 😍

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AlexGeorge
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I'm excited to interview Doris Kearns Goodwin at an event in early November. Before then I have a LOT of reading to do.

Annl That will be amazing! 2y
Theresa I love her but have yet to pick up one of her books. I'm too intimidated. 2y
AlexGeorge They are huge but very readable! 2y
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aprilbapryll
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I bought this for C when it first came out. Probably about time I cracked it.

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Beckys_Books
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I love everything DKG writes. She makes presidential history an enjoyable subject to read.

#StarsandStripes #JubilantJuly

@RealLifeReading

KathyWheeler This book was my first ever audiobook experience and it was surprisingly good on audio. 2y
Beckys_Books @KathyWheeler how long was it??? 2y
KathyWheeler @Beckys_Books According to Audible, it's 41 hours. I'd known it was long but not that long! 2y
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Leigh0906
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During the hospital's break in visiting hours, husband and I got lunch and went to Dime Day at the local library book sale. His contribution to the haul are all the legal books plus Anne Patchett. #booksale #bookhaul

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Pickpick

This amazing book only cemented for me the fact that Lincoln, for me, was our country's greatest president. As a side note, I love listening to books on historu rather than read them. I'm not sure why.

BeckaroniAndCheese @ssravp I'm with you on listening to history books. Reading them feels too much like school and assignments. Listening is more like watching a documentary in your mind. 3y
ssravp @BeckaroniAndCheese Yes! That's a perfect way of putting it! 3y
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Lizpixie
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#feistyfeb #day20 #presidentialreads These are four books I have on my ereader about American presidents. I saw Thirteen Days on tv and had to read the book, Team of Rivals is one of the best books written about Lincoln & his struggle with his cabinet, Frost/Nixon is the based on the amazing interview between Nixon & David Frost,an English reporter, and Dark Money is about the Koch bros & their deals that have ended with US having Trump in power.

Suet624 The Lincoln book was great. 3y
Lizpixie @RealLifeReading are you doing a March challenge? 3y
RealLifeReading Yes! I'm working on it! Hope you'll join in again! 3y
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EllieDottie
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A few years ago I decided that I wanted to read a biography of every president... I'm not very far with the reading of them but I'm good at buying presidential books! The only ones of these that I've read are John Adams and Team of Rivals! Both of those are great!! #presidentialreads #feistyfeb

emilyhaldi Fun challenge!! 3y
8little_paws I'm slowly working my way through them as well. Only on Jefferson. I started this past summer. I'd like to read at least six this year. 3y
Texreader @8little_paws Brilliant for both of you!! 3y
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Julsmarshall Great goal! 3y
EllieDottie @8little_paws I'll be looking at your feed for good presidential biographies! 3y
StacksNShelves Loved Team of Rivals! 3y
Mcoun I just finished Dreams from My Father. It was pretty interesting. 3y
EllieDottie @Mcoun it on my tbr! I'm really excited to read it! 3y
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jdtchicago

"Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition,” he wrote. “I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem."

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jdtchicago

This, then, is a story of Lincoln‘s political genius revealed through his extraordinary array of personal qualities that enabled him to form friendships with men who had previously opposed him; to repair injured feelings that, left untended, might have escalated into permanent hostility; to assume responsibility for the failures of subordinates; to share credit with ease; and to learn from mistakes...

Texreader Those are great attributes. There's no wonder he was able to accomplish what he did. 3y
Laalaleighh 📚 3y
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Amiable
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Oh, Mr. Lincoln, where are you now? A weary nation needs you...

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Amiable
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Well, this explains a lot.

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Ubookquitous
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When I do pick this up, I enjoy it - fascinating. But besides being a huge book, is dense with facts and details that make it a #slowread #januaryread

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Libby1
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I thought some of you might find this article interesting. Obama lists books that have meant something to him during his presidency.

http://forreadingaddicts.co.uk/polls-and-discussion/obama-names-books-presidency...

❤📚❤

shawnmooney This is the best, most engrossing work of popular history I've read in my life! LOVED LOVED LOVED it!❤❤❤ 3y
GardenJess I'm starting a book club around it with friends and coworkers! 3y
Libby1 @shawnmooney - I have Team of Rivals and it's my goal to read it this year. I held out for a hard cover as I had thought this was one I'd want to treasure. ❤ 3y
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Libby1 @GardenJess - that is excellent! Wish I could join you! 3y
GardenJess Me too! 3y
Libby1 @GardenJess - 😃😃😃 3y
GardenJess Litsy read along perhaps? 3y
Libby1 @GardenJess - ooh! That's an idea! When do you plan to start this? 3y
GardenJess I'm currently reading all the light we cannot see - I told my in person bookclib we@could@start@off slow and easy and read for a month or so before discussion but I'm game for anything here. Thoughts? 3y
Libby1 @GardenJess - I can start any time. 🙂 3y
GardenJess What should we read first? 3y
Libby1 You choose, @GardenJess . I started The Road by Cormac McCarthy tonight. It's on one of those lists from Obama (I think) and I've had it for ages. I'm happy to go with anything I can find. 3y
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Amiable
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Kearns Goodwin can certainly paint a colorful picture with words.

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Brie
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Pickpick

Finally finished this behemoth of a book for the #bookriot #readharder2016 challenge: read a book about politics. The political maneuverings were surprisingly interesting to read about. Primarily about Lincoln, it also showcased other politicians to form an expansive multi-biography of sorts.

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Amiable
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Reading goals to kick off 2017... just waiting for Jan. 1.

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jdtchicago

Washington was a typical American. Napoleon was a typical Frenchman, but Lincoln was a humanitarian as broad as the world. He was bigger than his country - bigger than all the Presidents together.

We are still too near to his greatness,' Tolstoy (in 1908) concluded, 'but after a few centuries more our posterity will find him considerably bigger than we do. His genius is still too strong and powerful for the common understanding...

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Susanita
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I #lovebigbooks and I cannot lie that sometimes they intimidate me. One day I'll read Shelby Foote! #booktober

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shawnmooney
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Hands down, the best work of popular history I've ever read. The movie, while impressive, was over-rated; the book is absolutely incredible.
#nonfictionlove

becausetrains Somewhere, I have a signed copy ❤️ it was excellent. 3y
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Alwayscoolwb
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Well worth the investment of time. This is an exhaustive dissertation on how Lincoln chose the best people to get the job done even though some of them he was not fond of and some fought with each other.

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BookishMarginalia
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Student reflection on a quiz about the Spielberg film Lincoln, severely overestimating retention of the material 🤓

BookHermit 😂😂😂 3y
LilMamaMastro 😮😆 3y
Yamich49 😆😆 3y
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GinaAnderson I don't think that's how that works. 😂 3y
DivineDiana I do appreciate honesty! 3y
KVanRead Oh my, that's refreshing! But when do we start to learn there is such a thing as volunteering to much information?! 3y
The_Literary_Jedi Yikes! Honest, naïve, flippant yet profound. All summed up with a hashtag. I love student responses, they give us beautiful insight to our students' thinking #thanksbrain How about #teacherproblems #notgoingtoremember #nicetrybutno 3y
Cinfhen Hysterical 😂 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Kinda like I when I hoped to pass organic chemistry by sleeping on the textbook. Didn't happen. But at least I didn't confess to it to my professor. 😬 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com Well that's awkward! 😂😁 3y
britt_brooke 😂 3y
MeganAnn 😂😂😂 absolutely hysterical! I NEED to show this to my husband tonight too! 3y
Theresa That is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I needed a good belly laugh. 😆😂 3y
LeahBergen Snort!! 😂 3y
HeatherBookNerd I don't think I would have shared so honestly... 3y
PurpleyPumpkin This is hilarious! Thanks for sharing, I needed a laugh. 😂 3y
Lakesidemusing Haha!😅 3y
LauraBeth 😂😂😂😂 3y
Tonton 😆 3y
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agirard

"The books, and your capacity for understanding them, are just the same in all places...Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing."

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agirard
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Light bedtime reading.

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julaharrison
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I'm taking advantage of the daylight to get into this. I usually read middle-grade fiction, so this is a stretch, but so far I like it.

julaharrison I joined Litsy right at the start of a 700-page book - smart. I'm learning so much, and Goodwin is very readable. 3y
MrBook Great book! 😊👍🏻 3y
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After throughly enjoying The Bully Pulpit earlier this year, I'm adding Team of Rivals to my list to read, and basically everything I can find by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

BestOfFates That's always been my favorite Lincoln speech! 4y
shawnmooney Team of Rivals is the best work of history I've ever read! And that's saying a lot! Enjoy! 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @shawnmooney I really loved The Bully Pulpit & I saw the movie for Team of Rivals when it came out in the theaters a few years back. After my first experience with Doris Kearns Goodwin, I just have to read it now...the movie was excellent, but as most book readers know, the book is always better! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I heard her speak at a college graduation many years ago. She is amazing! 4y
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Pickpick

This one took awhile to get through, but it was well-worth it. Lincoln was a far more complex and (to my mind) interesting person than I knew. One of my best Christmas presents ever. 😊 5🌟

BookwormHistory Such a good book!!! Lincoln was so much more complex and fascinating than he's typically thought of as today 4y
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