In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience — end slavery or end the war.
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What do you need to do? Answer the 2 questions below:
1. Which US President credited Team of Rivals as a major source of inspiration for his administration?
2. What is your favorite history book?
Mail both your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 6th, and be sure to put ‘Lincoln’ in the subject header. On February 7th the winners will be announced on this blog.
Please note that the answer to question 2 can’t be right or wrong. We’re simply curious, love to hear about your favorites, and will pass the titles you mention on to our History buyers!