Lincoln Through the Lens

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Lincoln Through the Lens

How Photography Revealed and Shaped an Extraordinary Life

By Martin W. Sandler

Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802796660, 97pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 2008

Description
Abraham Lincoln was the first president whose time in office was captured by photography. Lincoln was able to use the camera to shape his image as a man of the people, and Americans responded by electing him during the turbulent times leading up to the Civil War. Inspired by a glass photographic negative recently discovered in the National Archives' Civil War collection that is the only confirmed existing picture of Lincoln before his historic Gettysburg Address, Sandler tells the story behind the photos that document Lincoln's rise from frontiersman to chief executive.


About the Author
Martin W. Sandler has won five Emmy Awards for his writing for television and is the author of more than sixty books, two of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Among Sandler's other books are the six volumes in his award-winning Library of Congress American History Series for Young People, a series which has sold more than 500,000 copies. Other books by Mr. Sandler include: "Island of Hope: T""he Story of Ellis Island," "Trapped in Ice," "The Story of American Photography," "The Vaqueros," "America: A Celebration," and "This Was America." Mr. Sandler has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Smith College, and lives in Massachusetts.