Lincoln’s Gamble

Lincoln’s Gamble

&#8220;A masterful psychological portrait&#8221; (George Stephanopoulos) of the most critical six months in Abraham Lincoln&#8217;s presidency, when he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War.<BR><BR>On July 12, 1862, Abraham Lincoln spoke for the first time of his intention to free the slaves. On January 1, 1863, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, doing precisely that. In between, however, was a tumultuous six months, an episode during which the sixteenth president fought bitterly with his generals, disappointed his cabinet, and sank into painful bouts of clinical depression. Most surprising, the man who would be remembered as &#8220;

Todd Brewster
Scribner

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