Lincoln's Way details the long and important historical trend that spanned six great presidencies. Striner argues that Lincoln took the young nation that the Founders created and positioned it for global power. Lincoln unleashed a potential in American life that would make the young republic a world colossus over time. Lincoln consolidated assets and borrowed wisdom from the left and right. Using the vast power of our federal government, he created a political tradition that would influence the twentieth century-a tradition that spread to both parties. It is the story of an apostolic succession that moved from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who passed it on to Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy.
Richard Striner is professor of history at Washington College in Maryland and the author, most recently, of Father Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery.
Chapter 1: Forgotten Paths in American Politics Chapter 2: From the Founders to Abraham Lincoln Chapter 3: From Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt Chapter 4: The Legacy Crosses Party Lines: From Theodore to Franklin D. Roosevelt Chapter 5: The Legacy as Great Power Statecraft: From Truman to Nixon Chapter 6: The Legacy in Ruins: From Carter to George W. Bush Chapter 7: Horizons Select Bibliographical Essay