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Alexis Johnson English 200 8:30-9:55 September 21, 2009 Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln In her preface to Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln , Doris Kearns Goodwin provides particular reasons why the sixteenth president is considered a “political genius.” She does so by revealing how he transformed his rivals into cabinet members and lifelong friends. Initially, Goodwin shows how Lincoln’s three rivals differed from him. The three men were William H. Seward, a senator from New York, Salmon P. Chase, governor of Ohio, and Edward Bates, “Missouri’s distinguished elder statesman.” Although “All four studied law, became distinguished orators, entered politics, and opposed the spread of slavery,’’ these particular men were deemed the top nominees for the 1860 election as opposed to Lincoln who grew up in the “backwoods,” served one undistinguished term in the House of Representatives and had lost two consecutive contests for the U.S. Senate.”
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