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Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Ë ➮ [Ebook] ➩ Lincolns Greatest Case By Brian McGinty ➺ – Connecfloor.co.uk In the early hours of May 6 1856 the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge—the first railroad bridge ever to span the Mississippi River Soon after the newly construc In th[Ebook] Lincolns Greatest Case By Brian McGinty Connecfloor.co.uk In the early hours of May 6 1856 the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge—the first railroad bridge ever to span the Mississippi River Soon after the newly construc In the early hours of May the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge—the first railroad bridge ever to span the Mississippi River Soon after the newly constructed vessel crowded with passengers and livestock erupted into flames Lincolns Greatest PDF or and sank in the river below taking much of the bridge with itAs lawyer and Lincoln scholar Brian McGinty dramatically reveals in Lincoln's Greatest Case no one was killed but the uestion of who was at fault cried out for an answer Backed by powerful steamboat interests in St Louis the owners of the Effie Afton uickly p.

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Ressed suit hoping that a victory would not only prevent the construction of any future bridges from crossing the Mississippi but also thwart the burgeoning spread of railroads from Chicago The fate of the long dreamed of transcontinental railroad lurked ominously in the background for if rails could not cross the Mississippi by bridge how could they span the continent all the way to the PacificThe official title of the case was Hurd et al v The Railroad Bridge Company but it could have been St Louis v Chicago for the transportation future of the whole nation was at stake Indeed was it to be dominated by steamboats or by railroads Conducted at almost the same time as the notorious Dred Scott case this new trial riveted the nation’s attention Meanwhile Abraham Lincoln already well known as one of the best trial lawyers in Illinois was summoned to Chicago to join a handful of crack legal practitioners in the defens.

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Lincolns Greatest CaseE of the bridge While there he succesfully helped unite the disparate regions of the country with a truly transcontinental rail system and in the process added to the stellar reputation that vaulted him into the White House less than four years laterRe creating the Effie Afton case from its unlikely inception to its controversial finale McGinty brilliantly animates this legal cauldron of the late s which turned out to be the most conseuential trial in Lincoln's nearly uarter century as a lawyer Along the way the tall prairie lawyer's consummate legal skills and instincts are also brought to vivid life as is the history of steamboat traffic on the Mississippi the progress of railroads west of the Appalachians and the epochal clashes of railroads and steamboats at the river’s edgeLincoln's Greatest Case is legal history on a grand scale and an essential first act to a pivotal Lincoln drama we did not know was there.

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  • Amy

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseThis is one of those books that you keep reading because you think it has to get better but never does This book is really about a court case between steamboat owners and bridge owners that Lincoln happens to be a part of but never really a central character I was expecting great examples of Lincoln's abilities in the courtroom How he wowed the world with this case Instead it was a lot of tedious information about lawyers judges and the court case The case ended on hung jury and the book is based on newspapers' accounts of the trial as the actual court documents have been lost The author only tenuously links Lincoln's future success to this case


  • Jim

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseA rather short book but the definitive account of the Effie Afton trial of 1857 which legal historian McGinty argues was the most important one of Abraham Lincoln's nearly 25 year career as a lawyer This is Hurd et al v The Railroad Bridge Co The steamboat Effie Afton owned by Hurd crashed into the RR bridge spanning the Mississippi River from Rock Island Illinois to Davenport Iowa and then caught fire Hurd sued for damages and also have the Rock Island Bridge removed as an obstruction to river traffic In this battle of the railroad versus the steamboat Lincoln came in on the side of the railroad McGinty goes into great detail about the case and the importance of it for the development of America and for Abraham Lincoln A fascinating story about a comparatively overlooked aspect of Lincoln's life


  • Robert

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseAs a native son of Rock Island IL I learned about Lincoln's role in the Effie Afton steamboat case at sometime in my local schooling When I read a review of Lincoln's Greatest Case in the the Times and then saw it on the shelves of my neighborhood library I decided to read it I think that Mr McGinty's book could have made a decent article but there is not enough material to justify a book even a slim volume I managed to slog through the pages of numbing detail about the trial the design of the railroad bridge I would not recommend anyone to follow my example


  • Donald Powell

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseA good little history book on a limited but important topic The book is well organized and reported The role of and importance to Lincoln are soundly explored There are connections to Lincoln's future and our Country's history disclosed in the story but I cannot give the fift


  • Stephen

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseI chose this popular history book as the text for a collouium I taught at the 58th annual Washington State Judicial Conference Twenty five judges read the text in advance of the day long classdiscussion The book written by a lawyer about lawyers relates the story of the 1857 case of Jacob S Hurd Jo


  • David Kent

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseA fascinating book about one of Lincoln's most important but little discussed trials The trial was that of Hurd et al v The Railroad Bridge Company and pits powerful Mississippi River steamboat interests against those of the nascent railroad companies In short a side wheeler steamboat the Effie Afton plows int


  • Cornmaven

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseI love all things Abraham Lincoln and this was a good story about his participation in a trial pitting the steamboat industry against the emerging railroad industry McGinty makes the case that Lincoln's summary in the trial was pivotal to his political careerThe story is pieced together from newspaper accounts and the legal papers of Lincoln as the trial transcript was lost in the 1871 Chicago fire So there is by necessity supposition as to actions words etc but McGinty supposes based on the historical record of other trials and suchI learned a lot about the fierce competition between steamboats and railroad and the history of each which was fascinating The politics of progress and change is always worth studying We can all wish that the transcript had survived but absent that McGinty does a fine job


  • William Monaco

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseAlthough I liked parts of this book this book is guilty of false advertisement Very little of the actual court case involves Lincoln I think he is mentioned once during the trial and then there are about 10 pages about Lincoln’s closing argument McGinty was clearly limited by his primary source material all the court records were destroyed in the Chicago Fire but Lincoln is by far the main character Also the trial ended in a hung jury and Lincoln wasn’t involved with the rest of the case which went on for about two decades I think McGinty tries to fit a suare peg into a round hole here and it just didn’t work for me unfortunately


  • Lynne

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseI found it interesting to read this book set in our local area I did not know that the bridge across the Mississippi at Rock Island Illinois was the first one to cross the river It did not happen without turmoil and there were lawsuits and challenges for many years The steamboat operators were not happy with losing business and also felt that the river traffic was impeded by this bridge The powers that be in St Louis tried to derail this also but mainly it seemed because they wanted a bridge in that location The book wa


  • Melissa LeVine

    Lincolns Greatest Case Summary ó 107 Lincolns Greatest CaseTEDIOUS This book is an exhaustive legal history of a pivotal case in 1857 pitting the railroad vs river steamship commerce It does not work as popular literature however Too many details which are not central to the story bog it down It took me over 2 weeks to slog through only 191 pages of textAs was true of many issues of the time the future of slavery hinged on a southern bridge across the Mississippi River than the first one built at Rock Island between Illinois and IowaLincoln entered the case as a courtroom lawyer and his team for the RR prevailed Because of the publicity surrounding the case people became aware of his strength of memory and argument; the lead counsel Judd helped propel Lincoln's political fortunes toward the presidency of the United States The steamship that sank in the original case was the Effie Afton probably due to reckless piloting but the case resulted in a hung jury