Further Thoughts on Abraham Lincoln: A Discourse on Chance and Public Life

George Anastaplo

There was published, by Rowman & Littlefield in 1995, George Anastaplo’s manuscript, Abraham Lincoln: A Constitutional Biography (preferred title: Thoughts on Abraham Lincoln: A Discourse on Prudence), pp. i-x, 1-373.

There is set forth here the Table of Contents for a second Abraham Lincoln manuscript now available from George Anastaplo, Further Thoughts on Abraham Lincoln: A Discourse on Chance and Public Life.

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FURTHER THOUGHTS ON ABRAHAM LINCOLN:
A DISCOURSE ON CHANCE AND PUBLIC LIFE

George Anastaplo

Table of Contents



Prologue
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5


Part One
: Looking Ahead To and Beyond the Lincoln Presidency

1. A Preliminary Conversation
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9

2. The Bank Bill Controversy of 1791: A Precursor to the Secession Crisis of the 1860s
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 21

3. A Murder Trial in Springfield
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 38

4. The Everyday Lawyer in a President for the Ages
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 48

5. Abraham Lincoln, a Lawyer-President
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 57

6. Our Disputed “Created Equal” Heritage
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 67

7. The Declaration of Independence Revisited
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 87

8. Abraham Lincoln and the Pursuit of Happiness
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 102

9. Abraham Lincoln and the Family
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 114

10. Slavery in the Territories
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 125

11. The Cooper Institute Address
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 131

12. Abraham Lincoln and the “Hard Spots” of Right-of-Revolution Doctrine
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 144

13. A Political Autobiography
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 148


Part Two
: The Lincoln Presidency

1. Passion and Race Relations in the United States
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 169

2. Freedom of Speech and the Coming of the Civil War
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 180

3. Secession and the Rule of Law
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 190

4. Abraham Lincoln at Independence Hall
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 203

5. The Risks and Rewards of Civil War
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 211

6. Songs of the Civil War
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 222

7. The Remarkable Practicality of the Emancipation Proclamation
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 238

8. Abraham Linco1n’s Four Annual Messages to Congress
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 244

9. Life and Death in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 253

10. Abraham Lincoln and Constitutional Amendments
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 260

ll. The Second Inaugural Address
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 268

12. Abraham Lincoln and the Aboriginal Peoples of North America
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 276

13. Superstition and Abraham Lincoln
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 287


Part Three
: Looking Back to and Before the Lincoln Presidency

l. God in the Hands of an Angry Preacher
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 305

2. The Geography and Economics of Slavery
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 317

3. Aaron Burr, an Ill-fated Genius
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 328

4. Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War Generals, and Slavery
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 339

5. Justice Chipman and the Perceived Greatness of Abraham Lincoln
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 350

6. Abraham Lincoln’s Shakespeare
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 359

7. The “Shakespearean” John Wilkes Booth’s Abraham Lincoln
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 373

8. Walt Whitman’s Abraham Lincoln
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 395

9. Nineteenth Century Giants: How Did They Matter?
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 412

10. A Modern Realist’s Assessment of Abraham Lincoln
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 422

ll. Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party Today
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 434

l2. But for the Civil War
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 442

l3. Golgotha on the Potomac [posted here]
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 453

Epilogue
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 454

Afterword by Eva T.H. Brann
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 455

End Notes
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Index
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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