The Trials of Mrs. Lincoln

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 333 pages
Mary Todd Lincoln (1818?82) was a politically ambitious, volatile, and sharp-tongued woman, a shopaholic, and an embarrassment to her son and to the powerful men who sought to control the Lincoln legacy for their own political supremacy. Slandered by former Lincoln cronies and Republican operatives, such as William Herndon, Ward Hill Lamon, and Thurlow Weed; disliked by her son?s wife, the former Mary Harlan; plagued by debts, her pension grant having been denied by Congress; conspired against by her son, Robert, along with Supreme Court justice David Davis, Leonard Swett, John Todd Stuart, Isaac N. Arnold, and others, she had literally no one to turn to. This account of her final years, based on documentary evidence, sets the record straight and restores the reputation of one of the most maligned women in American political history.

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In the debate on Mrs. Lincoln's mental state after her husband's assassination, and her own failing economic fortunes, Schreiner weighs in on her behalf, arguing that Mrs. Lincoln was wrongfully ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface
ix
A Knock on the Door
13
Good Men and Lawful
35
A Republican Queen
55
and nothing but the truth
73
A noble devoted son
93
The Poor Lady a Victim
127
A Gross Outrage
145
That holy deluge
181
Affectionately yours
211
Wickedness against me and High Heaven
245
simply an exile
267
But he could run a railroad
301
The ReTrials of Mrs Lincoln
311
Index
329
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Samuel A Schreiner Jr., a veteran journalist and former senior editor at "Reader's Digest," is the author of "The Passionate Beechers: A Family Saga of Sanctity and Scandal That Changed America."

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