Summary: On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.
Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded was the result of a character that had been forged by life experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because hepossessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.
This capacity enabled President Lincoln to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to preserve the Union and win the war…Read more.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin: Team of Rivals Audio Book Summary
Team of Rivals was written by Doris Kearns Goodwin, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in the history category in 1994.
It is the history of the political skills of American President Abraham Lincoln, his expertise as a strategist and the way he ruled during the American Civil War.
The book begins with William Seward, who was Senator for New York; Salomon Chase, Governor of Ohio; And Edward Bates of Missouri, an experienced politician; Waiting in their respective houses for the results of the convention of the republican party that would elect the presidential candidate of the election of 1860.
Lincoln in spite of the forecasts against him due to his little experience, managed to overcome to the three politicians. They were outraged by the astonished defeat that it would have been Lincoln who had beaten them.
Lincoln as a political strategy, decided to integrate the three to his cabinet. William Seward was named Secretary of State, Salomon Chase Secretary of the Treasury, and Edward Bates appointed Attorney General. Which put Lincoln at the head of a team of former political rivals who would undoubtedly have much to contribute.
Initially, the three members of his cabinet hoped to relegate Lincoln as a decorative figure for them to be the head behind the power, but that did not happen, on the contrary Lincoln forged a friendship with each of them, who in the long run Showed loyalties in the most difficult moments of his government.
The main merits of President Abraham Lincoln were that he was able to handle the press, conserve his coalition, mitigate the egos within his team, eliminate tension, and be firm in a difficult time for the United States of America.
The rest of the book focuses on civil war, and the way Lincoln handled it with his ideas of anti-slavery, which ultimately cost him his life.
In March 1861, when Lincoln took office as president, the states of South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas were named the Confederate States of America with Jefferson Davis as president, Lincoln declared that action illegal. The first act of war occurred in the same year
In the background, it was a struggle between two types of economies, one industrial-abolitionist (north) and another agrarian-esclavista (south), which were totally different.
Lincoln knew how to live up to the circumstances of the abolition of slavery and war. He is considered one of the best presidents the United States of America has had.
The work allows us to know in depth the political moment that was lived in those years, we can analyze unpublished information, obtained from new sources like newspapers, photographs, correspondence, among others with which the brilliant writer Doris Kearns Goodwin was documented.
Goodwin brings a new perspective and provides a valuable contribution to understanding the Lincoln administration. The author does an admirable job showing the internal social and political implications that Lincoln faced in the exercise of his government.