American History Book Club

The American History Book Club will discuss Lincoln's Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton by William Marvel (University of North Carolina Press, $25.00). Marvel offers a detailed reexamination of Stanton's life, career, and legacy. Marvel argues that while Stanton was a formidable advocate and politician, his character was hardly benign. Stanton used his authority--and the public coffers--to pursue political vendettas, and he exercised sweeping wartime powers with a cavalier disregard for civil liberties.  Marvel suggests that Stanton's tenure raises important questions about Lincoln's actual control over the executive branch. This insightful biography also reveals why men like Ulysses S. Grant considered Stanton a coward and a bully, who was unashamed to use political power for partisan enforcement and personal preservation.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Event address: 
The Bookworm
Lincoln's Autocrat: The Life of Edwin Stanton (Civil War America) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469636153
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - August 1st, 2017