Academic journal article Journalism History

Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait

Academic journal article Journalism History

Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait

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Book Reviews

Mitgang, Herbert. Abraham Lincoln: A Press Portrait. New York: Fordham University Press, 2000. $19.95.

First published in 1956, Herbert Mitgang's collection of articles, editorials and letters to the editor about and, in a number of cases, by Abraham Lincoln has clearly established itself as a classic. This latest version is a reprint by Fordham University Press of the 1989 edition. It is published under the auspices of Fordham's new series of original and classic texts, The North's Civil War, with Paul A. Cimbala as series editor.

Mitgang, a former New York Times writer, uses articles from Northern, Southern and European newspapers to create a comprehensive chronicle of each stage of Lincoln's political and public life. The book is, as would be expected, heavy on content from the Northern press and fighter on articles from Southern or European newspapers. The result is a useful reference book for scholars of the Civil War or Lincoln himself. Each article is identified by the date it was published, the newspaper in which it appeared and a brief bit of background on the issues mentioned. Mitgang includes a listing of all of the newspapers represented in the book as part of the introductory material. About half the book is devoted to Lincoln's presidency and his stint as commander-in-chief of the Union Army during the Civil War. The remainder addresses him as a young man, his Congressional career, the Lincoln-Douglas debates and his bid for the presidency in 1860. …

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