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Lincoln's Greatest Case: The River, the Bridge, and the Making of America

Brian McGinty.
Item #: D12819
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 288 / 2016
Publisher: Liveright
ISBN: 9781631491474
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In May of 1856, the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge, unalterably changing the course of American transportation history. Within a year, long-simmering tensions between powerful steamboat interests and burgeoning railroads exploded, and the nation's attention, absorbed by the Dred Scott case, was riveted by a new civil trial. Dramatically recounting the Effie Afton case?from its unlikely inception, complete with a young Abraham Lincoln's soaring oratory, to the controversial finale—attorney and historian Brian McGinty's masterful account gives us the previously untold story of how one sensational trial propelled a self-taught lawyer into the national spotlight, and eventually, to the presidency.


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