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Lincoln’s greatest case :

Lincoln’s greatest case :

the river, the bridge, and the making of America

In the early hours of May 6, 1856, the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge-- the first railroad bridge ever to span the Mississippi River. The newly constructed vessel, crowded with passengers and livestock, erupted into flames and sank in the river below, taking much of the bridge with it. The question of who was at fault cried out for an answer. Abraham Lincoln was summoned to Chicago to join a handful of crack legal practitioners in the defense of the bridge. While there, he successfully helped unite the disparate regions of the country with a truly transcontinental rail system and added to the stellar reputation that vaulted him into the White House less than four years later.

Additional Title Details

Date Avaliable
03/10/2015
Author
McGinty, Brian
Author Birthdate
01/01/1970
Publisher
Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, New York, NY : 2015
Edition
First edition
Call Number
346.0322M
ISBN 10
0-87140-784-1
ISBN 13
978-0-87140-784-9
Type
BOOK
Categories
Recently Purchased - Adult Nonfiction and Biography
Tags
Abraham Lincoln, Chicago, Chicago and Rock Island Railroad Company, Effie Afton (Steamboat), Illinois, John Hurd, Law and legislation, Liability for railroad accidents, Railroad bridges, Ship accidents, Shipwrecks, Trials, United States