Lincolns greatest case is about much more than the right to construct a bridge across a navigable waterway while the case set an important legal precedent the effect was no less than the transformation of the nations fulcrum of commerce from north south and river based to east west and rail based. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for lincolns greatest case the river the bridge and the making of america at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Lincolns greatest case the river the bridge and the making of america by brian mcginty is far better than i had anticipated it would be now i know that has more than a hint of damned with faint praise to it but that is not what i intend rather that lincoln has been written about so extensively that would be hard for anyone to craft . Great societal advances flow from a variety of events lincolns greatest case is the story of the rock island bridge case in which abraham lincoln a part of the bridge companys legal defense team opened a path for americas advancement into the age of railroading. 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 it as lawyer and lincoln scholar brian mcginty dramatically reveals in lincolns greatest case no one was
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