The Lincolns in the White House: Four Years That Shattered a Family

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Macmillan, 12. dets 2006 - 304 pages

"Readable, well organized, well researched, and smoothly written. . . . Even those who know Lincoln well may learn something they did not know before."

--- The Washington Post Book World



From the day of his inauguration, Abraham Lincoln was confronted with a nation divided by a savage conflict but within the White House walls, Lincoln's family was as divided as the nation he led.

Criticized by the American public for her extravagance, and distrusted because of her Southern roots, First Lady Mary Lincoln's increasing mental instability would strain her marriage. The presidential couple was devastated when eleven-year-old Willie died in the White House of typhoid fever. Robert Lincoln's success at Harvard made his parents proud, but his relationship with them was troubled and would eventually result in his permanent, painful estrangement. The Lincolns' youngest son Tad, though physically impaired, remained the couple's joy; but the president's assassination coupled with Tad's early death all but destroyed Mary's fragile spirit. Mary finally retreated into deep seclusion, falling further into madness until her own death in 1882. The Lincolns in the White House is a moving and poignant portrait of the family life of America's greatest president.

 

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Contents

Lincolns office connected by 1113 Lincolns bedroomdressing a private passageway to room suite Family Living Room 14 Grand stairs and landing
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Reception Room 15 Tads bedroom
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Part of West Hall 16 Willies Prince of Wales
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Office stairs bedroom
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Bedroom for Nicolay 17 Service stairs and Hay 1820 Pair of bedrooms divided
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Hays office by a corridor from whose
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West Hall window Lincoln spoke
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Nicolays office 21 Central Hall for familys
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FOUR Death in the White House
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FIVE Shadows Everywhere
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SIX Victories
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SEVEN An Unfinished Work
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Family Living Room private living quarters
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Mary Lincolns bedroom
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TWO Settling In
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THREE Calamity in War Calamity at Home
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EPILOGUE The Flying Dutchman
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NOTES
267
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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INDEX
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Jerrold Packard is the author of the best-selling Victoria's Daughters, and most recently American Nightmare. Mr. Packard lives in Vermont.

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