Summary Of Doris Kearns Goodwin's 'Team Of Rivals'

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Hostilities between the Union and the Confederacy prompted The Civil War. At this time in our history the North wanted to abolish slavery, while the South supported slavery. A pivotal point in the Civil War was The Battle of Gettysburg. The Gettysburg National Military Park captures life in the midst of war, where the soldiers lived in camps as they were subjected to demanding conditions. During this time, Abraham Lincoln honored the heroic soldiers with The Gettysburg Address. Subsequently, to pay homage to Lincoln, over a hundred years later, Team of Rivals was born. If you ever have a chance to explore the Gettysburg National Military Park, you will discover countless exhibits on the history of the Civil War. While touring this park, it …show more content…

After a victorious win of the presidency, he delegated William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, and Edward Bates into his cabinet. During an interview with Terry Gross in 2005, Goodwin expressed her thoughts on Lincoln collaborating with three different personalities. Radicals geared towards making emancipation the focus. Conservatives sought out to make the union the central focal point, whereas, Lincoln eventually situated in the middle. Although, deciding beforehand his verdict regarding the emancipation, he allowed each party an opportunity to address their viewpoints. Ultimately, Lincoln took Seward’s advice and waited to issue the Emancipation Proclamation after the battle of Antietam. Lincoln’s humbleness is greatly displayed considering the strenuous decisions he faced. Depression played a role in Lincoln’s life as it is present in our world today. I wasn’t surprised to hear Goodwin speak on Lincoln’s suicidal tendencies after several dreadful events in his life. Amazingly, his best friend Joshua Speed empowered him to move forward. Despite many objections during this time period, Lincoln was able to manage three dominant opinionated men and leave a legacy

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