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Team of Rivals Summary

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Team of Rivals Summary

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

“Team of Rivals” offers a look at the history of Abraham Lincoln’s legendary governance.

About Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer-winning author.

“Team of Rivals Summary”

In May 1860, while the US was battling the issue of slavery in the South, while abolitionists were taken control in the North, the new Republican Party of the US gathered together in Chicago to nominate its first candidate for president.

They chose among four candidates: the front-runner William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln.

During the Republican nomination, however, Lincoln, although was thought unlikely,  outmaneuvered all three other men.

He made a campaign that relied on good networking, organization, and a superior ground game, while his opponents missed opportunities and made mistakes.

When the frontrunner Seward did not secure a victory in the first ballot, Lincoln was the next choice.

To everyone’s surprise, except his own, Lincoln secured his nomination on the third ballot.

In November, he won the general election as well.

In 1861 he was preparing to assume office, and he knew that he needed to gather the most reliable possible cabinet.

So, he appointed Seward to be the secretary of state, named Bets as attorney general, Montgomery Blair as postmaster general, and Case as secretary of Treasury.

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