Lincoln's Greatest Case

Lincoln's Greatest Case

The River, the Bridge, and the Making of America

Book - 2015
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In the early hours of May 6, 1856, the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge-- the first railroad bridge ever to span the Mississippi River. The newly constructed vessel, crowded with passengers and livestock, erupted into flames and sank in the river below, taking much of the bridge with it. The question of who was at fault cried out for an answer. Abraham Lincoln was summoned to Chicago to join a handful of crack legal practitioners in the defense of the bridge. While there, he successfully helped unite the disparate regions of the country with a truly transcontinental rail system and added to the stellar reputation that vaulted him into the White House less than four years later.
The untold story of how one sensational trial propelled a self-taught lawyer and a future president into the national spotlight.
Published: New York, NY :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780871407849
Branch Call Number: 346.7303 MACG
Characteristics: 259 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps, portraits ;,25 cm


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