Books: Railsplitter as Logroller

LINCOLN'S VANDALIA (141 pp.]—William E. Baringer—Rutgers University ($2.50).

Still exploring minor veins in the Lincoln lode, historical pickmen sometimes hit upon a passable grade of ore. This book is an example of the work of a noted Lincoln scholar, digging up minutiae of value. It was at the old Illinois capital of Vandalia that 27-year-old Abraham Lincoln solved a tricky problem in practical politics, and it is useful to know not only that he did it, as the biographies attest, but precisely how.

When Lincoln got off the stagecoach in November 1834, for his...

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