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Thomas, Benjamin Platt 1902-1956

Works: 96 works in 293 publications in 2 languages and 13,042 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Personal narratives  Bibliography  Biographies  Chronologies  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker
Classifications: E467.1.S8, 923.273
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Most widely held works about Benjamin Platt Thomas
Most widely held works by Benjamin Platt Thomas
Stanton; the life and times of Lincoln's Secretary of War by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

13 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the time of his death, renowned Lincoln biographer Benjamin Thomas was at work on a life of one of the most controversial figures in American history: Edwin McMasters Stanton, the man who marshaled the military forces of the Union in the Civil War and played a crucial role in the only presidential impeachment trial in our history. Harold Hyman, himself a prize-winning historian, undertook to carry on from the advanced point in research and writing that Thomas had reached. The result of their collaborative efforts is a monumental work worthy to stand beside Thomas's own Lincoln as a truly outstanding American biography. Continuously absorbing and written with clarity and grace, Stanton gives an objective, full-scale portrait of this complex and enigmatic figure. Stanton could be explosive and domineering or gentle or considerate; he was at once single-minded and self-doubting. That Stanton should be "controversial" is curious, for he served with distinction under three Presidents; Lincoln offered him unquestioning trust and warm personal friendship. Yet Stanton's name is commonly associated with duplicity rather than with selfless patriotism, including charges that he connived in Lincoln's murder, betrayed each of the Presidents he served, antagonized such generals as McClellan and Sherman, and thwarted opportunities for the peaceful reconciliation of North and South. This biography puts legend and prejudice in clear perspective by going directly to documentary evidence, by probing into Stanton's motives and methods, and by evaluating his accomplishments and failures. It is a judicious and honest portrait of a stubborn, dedicated man; but it also brings to light many important details about the times in which he lived
Lincoln's New Salem by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

28 editions published between 1934 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part one of this book is devoted to the history of New Salem. It tells who the inhabitants were, how they lived, and how they looked on life. Since many of those most active in the village lived in outlying settlements the account is not limited to the village, but provides a picture of ther whole community. In Part Two, Lincoln's activities are discussed, and the meaning of the New Salem years in his development is appraised. Part Three explains the growth of the Lincoln legend around the site of the lost town, and the changing conception of the significance of the frontier as a factor in Lincoln's life. It explains how New Salem came to be restored, the manner in which the fact about the old cabins were secured, how the furnishings were acquired, and the problems that had to be solved in the restoration. --from the forward
Three years with Grant by Sylvanus Cadwallader( Book )

12 editions published between 1955 and 1996 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Civil War, Sylvanus Cadwallader, a war correspondent employed first by the Chicago Times and later for the New York Herald, was attached to General Grant's headquarters from 1862 to 1865. Three Years with Grant is his account of that period. As a portrait of Grant, the personality and the military leader, as a civilian's picture of how the war was fought at the command level, and, above all, as a hitherto unknown primary source of Civil War history, as a hitherto unknown primary source of Civil War history, this is an important book. It is also an extremely entertaining one that makes an exciting reading. Entertaining because Cadwallader was a shrewd and stubborn man who was remarkably frank about his contemporaries and who was continually in trouble with all authority except Grant himself; exciting because he was a superb reporter in a unique position. Cadwallader had privileges and information accessible to no other journalist. Through his eyes'and, indirectly, Grant's'the reader experiences the Vicksburg and Chattanooga campaigns; the actions of the Army of the Potomac; Grant and Lincoln at City Point; Grant and Sherman hatching strategy; Grant and Lee at Appomattox. The manuscript of Three Years with Grant, never published, was acquired some years ago by the Illinois State Historical Library; probably not more than a half- dozen living persons have read it. Now it has been ably edited, with an introduction and extensive notes, by Benjamin P. Thomas, whose Abraham Lincoln is generally regarded as the best one-volume life of the President yet written
Theodore Weld, crusader for freedom by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

14 editions published between 1950 and 1973 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrait for posterity: Lincoln and his biographers by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

12 editions published between 1947 and 1972 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Russo-American relations, 1815-1867 by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

26 editions published between 1930 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lincoln's humor" and other essays by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln, 1847-1853, being the day-by-day activities of Abraham Lincoln from January 1, 1847 to December 31, 1853 by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

5 editions published in 1936 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bulletin of the Abraham Lincoln Association by Ill.) Abraham Lincoln Association (Springfield( )

in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln; una biografia by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

3 editions published in 1955 in Spanish and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For us the living" : address at the twelfth annual meeting of Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin, February 10, 1950 by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

3 editions published in 1951 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harry Edward Pratt, 1901-1956 by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 1956 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The individuality of Lincoln by Benjamin Platt Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 1939 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln day by day( )

in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Platt, Thomas Benjamin 1902-1956

Thomas, Benjamin P.

Thomas, Benjamin P. 1902-1956

Tōmasu, B.P. 1902-1956

トーマス, B. P

湯馬士, 本哲明

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Spanish (3)

"Lincoln's humor" and other essays