THE LONG SHADOW OF LINCOLN
Authentic contemporary accounts have an enduring value both as history and as literature. Though they may have been written a century or even a thousand years ago, they remain vividly alive, timeless recordings of historical events as seen through the eyes of people who witnessed and often shaped them. That is why Quadrangle's new edition of three Lincoln source books— Herbert Mitgang, ed., Abraham Lincoln, A Press Portrait; Edward Dicey, Spectator of America (until now never published in the United States); and Noah Brooks, Washington, D.C., in Lincoln's Time—has a special appeal for us today. The books provide a fascinating, eyewitness view of wartorn America, enabling us to experience that troubled time as though it were our own. They afford rare glimpses of Lincoln, too, who emerges as a beleaguered, humanized president who suffered one of the worst presses of any chief executive in American history.
In truth, those with a repugnance for journalism will find plenty in Abraham Lincoln, A Press Portrait, to vindicate their feelings. A compendium of press clippings by and about Lincoln, the volume contains editorials from seven magazines and seventy-eight newspapers, including ten foreign journals. All are arranged chronologically from Lincoln's early years down to his assassination, with italicized introductions to facilitate transitions. The result is not so much a portrait of Lincoln as an exposure of nineteenth-century American journalism—a journalism that was