Abraham Lincoln: A Western Legacy by Richard W. Etulain
Abraham Lincoln: A Western Legacy reveals how the sixteenth president shaped the country beyond the Mississippi River. Having grown up on the frontier and taken part in its political development, Lincoln often turned his attention westward after becoming president. By overseeing policies such as the Homestead Act and the Pacific Railroad Act and making key political appointments, Lincoln opened American Indian lands to settlers who forever changed the landscape and laid the foundation for the region's modern politics and identity.
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Richard W. Etulain is an award-winning historian specializing in the history of the American West. After earning his doctorate, he spent nearly forty years teaching at Idaho State University and the University of New Mexico before devoting his time to writing. Etulain has authored and edited over fifty volumes, including Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era and Lincoln Looks West: From the Mississippi to the Pacific.