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Tried By War


1st October 1862: President Abraham Lincoln visiting soldiers encamped at the Civil War battlefield of Antietam in Maryland. Rischgitz/Getty Images hide caption

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In the preface to his new book, Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln As Commander In Chief, James M. McPherson, George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University, notes that "the amount of attention devoted to [Lincoln's] role as commander in chief is disproportionately far smaller than the actual percentage of time he spent on the task." McPherson argues that Abraham Lincoln, perhaps more than any other president, and certainly more than we give him credit for, defined "commander in chief." He'll join us, at the end of our second hour, to talk about his new book, "war powers," and Lincoln. If you have a question for him, leave it here.



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