Team of Rivals and Lincoln’s Character Posted on July 20, 2020 July 27, 2020 by M.E. Goodwin adds another member to the team of rivals, the combative Edwin Stanton who joined the cabinet in January 1862 and brought new life to the beleaguered war effort. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin tells the story of the presidential election of 1860 and the four men who were contenders for the office. Can you compare their reactions to Obama’s and Bush’s? Book Review: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Document Signed, Washington, entitled “Autographs of the President and Cabinet, 1864”, signed by the President and his Team of Rivals: Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, Edwin M. Stanton, Edward Bates, Salmon Chase, Gideon Welles, Montgomery Blair, and John P. Usher. It is a multiple biography of the entire team of personal and political competitors that he put together to lead the country through its greatest crisis. “Team of Rivals,” a hefty 750-page tome, is far broader in scope and detail than the movie it inspired, but well worth the read, particularly for the armchair historian. ... Edwin Stanton, an ex-corporate lawyer and former Lincoln opponent, was soon appointed Secretary of War. 14. Some Americans saw each of them as a kind of … Obama and Lincoln began their first terms with very different public perceptions. An epilogue traces the later lives and deaths of Seward, Stanton, Bates, Chase, Mary Lincoln, and others. Seward was more visionary, more idealistic, better equipped to arouse the emotions of a crowd; Weed was more practical, more realistic, more skilled in winning elections and getting things done. Lincoln and Stanton seemed to feel the deaths of the soldiers deeply. Team of Rivals doesn't just tell the story of Abraham Lincoln. Bond Posted in Books Tagged American history , biography This spring/summer I read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln . “Team of Rivals” The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin Kindle Notes: Dave Kraft They made an exceptional team. Team of Rivals closes with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. He prepares a document called the Emancipation Proclamation and reads it to the Cabinet. Faced with national crisis and the advent of the Civil War, Lincoln skillfully used his cabinet to unify the North’s disparate political factions. Lincoln replaced Cameron with Edwin M. Stanton, a former Democrat who had never been one of his political rivals. 13. Narrator E: By the summer of 1862, Lincoln agrees that it is time to free the slaves. Seward is also attacked by a knife-wielding assailant, though he survives. Historians would call the group Lincoln’s “team of rivals.” ... 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