Brought forth on this continent

Abraham Lincoln and American immigration
Harold Holzer
Book - 2024

"From acclaimed Lincoln Prize winner Harold Holzer, a groundbreaking account of Abraham Lincoln's grappling with the politics of immigration against the backdrop of the Civil War. In the three decades before the Civil War, some ten million foreign-born people settled in the United States, forever altering the nation's demographics, culture, and -- perhaps most significantly -- voting patterns. America's newest residents fueled the national economy, but they also wrought enormous changes in the political landscape and exposed an ugly, at times violent, vein of nativist bigotry. Abraham Lincoln's ascent ran parallel to this turmoil; even Lincoln himself did not always rise above it. Tensions over immigration would split, and ultimately destroy, Lincoln's Whig Party years before the Civil War. Yet the war made clear just how important immigrants were, and how interwoven they had become in American society. Harold Holzer charts Lincoln's political career through the lens of immigration, from his role as a member of an increasingly nativist political party to his evolution into an immigration champion, a progression that would come at the same time as he refined his views on abolition and Black citizenship. As Holzer writes, "The Civil War could not have been won without Lincoln's leadership, but it could not have been fought without the immigrant soldiers who served and, by the tens of thousands, died that the 'nation might live.'" An utterly captivating and illuminating work, Brought Forth on This Continent assesses Lincoln's life and legacy in a wholly original way, unveiling remarkable similarities between the nineteenth century and the twenty-first."

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Main Author: Holzer, Harold (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: [New York] : Dutton, [2024]
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