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Destiny: A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure… Ambrose Bierce

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Case of Abraham Lincoln : a story of adultery, murder Julie M. Fenster  New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007  Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. 255 p. : ill., ,maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-249) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at what might have been the end of a life long string of failures. Often despondent, he had grown bored with his work as a lawyer. He was beginning to see himself as just a former Congressman, without much of a future in politics. Later that year, the gruesome murder of a Springfield blacksmith provided to be the case that defined Lincoln’s legal career.

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The string of lurid revelations that followed the crime became front page news across the country putting Lincoln back in the national spotlight. The Anderson case reflected the spirit of the times: an inescapable, dark world, hidden within the optimism and innocence of the young city of Springfield. With the Anderson murder, Lincoln’s legal skills as a defender were challenged as never before and he was finally able to prove himself as a media attraction and use that dubious fame to resurrect a defunct political career.

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