Lincoln on Democracy

Lincoln on Democracy

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Back in print after ten years, this unique book brings together 141 speeches, speech excerpts, letters, fragments, and other writings by Lincoln on the theme of democracy. Selected by leading historians, the writings include such standards as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address, but also such little-seen writings as a letter assuring a general that the President felt safe-drafted just three days before Lincoln's assassination.

In this richly annotated anthology, the writings are grouped thematically into seven sections that cover politics, slavery, the union, democracy, liberty, the nation divided, and the American Dream.

The introductions are by well-known historians: Gabor Borritt, William E. Gienapp, Charles B. Strozier, Richard Nelson Current, James M. McPherson, Mark E. Neely, Jr., and Hans L. Trefousse. In addition, each section's title page displays a photograph of Lincoln from the time period covered in that section, with a paragraph describing the source and the occasion for which the photograph was made.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.65mm | 621.42g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Revised
  • 0823223450
  • 9780823223459

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More than anything else, Lincoln's power came from his pen. This superb selection reveals anew his poetic power. . . . Reading again his campaign and presidential speeches, Gettysburg Address, and Inaugural Address, one can appreciate why Lincoln, more than any other American, speaks to the yearnings of people to be free. . . . A gem of a collection, for all libraries. * -Library Journal * Back in print after ten years, this unique book brings together 141 speeches, speech excerpts, letters, fragments, and other writings by Lincoln on the theme of democracy. * -Economics & Politics Books *
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About Mario C. Cuomo

Mario C. Cuomo is the former Governor of New York. His most recent book is Why Lincoln Matters: Now More Than Ever.

Harold Holzer is Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and one of the nation's leading authorities on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He is chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and has written, co-written, or edited forty-seven books, most recently Lincoln and the Power of the Press.
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