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{Read Epub} Ø Lincoln's Greatest Case: The River, the Bridge, and the Making of America á 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 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 question of who was at fault cried out for an answer Backed by powerful steamboat interests in St Louis, the owners of the Effie Afton quickly pressed 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 Pacific The 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 defense 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 consequential trial in Lincoln s nearly quarter 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 I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways Lincoln s Greatest Case contains an occasional interesting fact, but overall it s not worth reading.This book is a disappointment and not at all what I expected It s overly detailed, tedious, and repetitive A big problem is the subject there s not much material there to begin with The incident was not monumental or unique, and Lincoln s role in the case was fairly small Even though I love history, I was terribly bored by th I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways Lincoln s Greatest Case contains an occasional interesting fact, but overall it s not worth reading.This book is a disappointment and not at all what I expected It s overly detailed, tedious, and repetitive A big problem is the subject there s not much material there to begin with The incident was not monumental or unique, and Lincoln s role in the case was fairly small Even though I love history, I was terribly bored by this book I forced myself to read through the entire thing, but it was torturous It ended up being the kind of book that makes me seriously consider giving up reading, at least for a week or two This 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 This 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 A 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 obstruc A 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 As 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 desig As 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 exampl,e