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Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons by Elizabeth Brown Pryor (review)

Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons by Elizabeth Brown... could go in confrontations between nationals who legitimized their claims in shared republican terms” (193). Taken together, the essays in this volume convincingly demonstrate that the nations and empires of the Americas shared common concerns, prob- lems, and approaches during the 1860s. Readers will come away with an enhanced understanding of the geopolitics of the region during the Civil War era. That is not to say that the volume provides scholars with a com- prehensive history of the 1860s. As in most edited collections of this nature, some of the essays advance Doyle’s opening argument with greater clarity and originality than do others. Roughly half of the book’s contents deal with Mexico and Cuba, while little attention is paid to Central America, northern South America, and the countries along the Pacific Coast. That said, Doyle has compiled an inspiring resource for future schol- arship. The essays in the book shed light on topics rarely considered by Civil War historians, and the collection introduces readers to several dis- tinguished scholars whose work has only rarely been available in English. Chaz Yingling, who served as the conference’s graduate assistant, also collated a very helpful online bibliography of relevant scholarship, which remains http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons by Elizabeth Brown Pryor (review)

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Abstract

could go in confrontations between nationals who legitimized their claims in shared republican terms” (193). Taken together, the essays in this volume convincingly demonstrate that the nations and empires of the Americas shared common concerns, prob- lems, and approaches during the 1860s. Readers will come away with an enhanced understanding of the geopolitics of the region during the Civil War era. That is not to say that the volume provides scholars with a com- prehensive history of the 1860s. As in most edited collections of this nature, some of the essays advance Doyle’s opening argument with greater clarity and originality than do others. Roughly half of the book’s contents deal with Mexico and Cuba, while little attention is paid to Central America, northern South America, and the countries along the Pacific Coast. That said, Doyle has compiled an inspiring resource for future schol- arship. The essays in the book shed light on topics rarely considered by Civil War historians, and the collection introduces readers to several dis- tinguished scholars whose work has only rarely been available in English. Chaz Yingling, who served as the conference’s graduate assistant, also collated a very helpful online bibliography of relevant scholarship, which remains

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 6, 2018

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