The Speeches and Writing of Abraham Lincoln

The Speeches and Writing of Abraham Lincoln

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The most eloquent president in our history, Abraham Lincoln's literary ability was extraordinary. Indeed, he is the one American president whose writings could be considered literature. Now, in This Fiery Trial, William Gienapp has brought together over one hundred pieces by Lincoln, ranging from his first published political statement, printed in the Sangamo Journal in1832, to his final public address, delivered just days before his assassination. Here of course are some of the greatest speeches in American history, including the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address. Other pieces include his "A House Divided" speech to the Republican State convention in 1858, excerpts from his famed debates with Stephen Douglas, and the text of the Emancipation Proclamation. The writings provide a documentary account of Lincoln's thought and how it evolved over time. We can trace, for instance, how his thoughts on slavery and emancipation changed through the course of the war, from a rather limited view (free only slaves used for military purposes) to his ringing endorsement of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery forever. Gienapp has provided detailed introductory headnotes for each piece, and the book includes an extensive chronology of Lincoln's life. Often eloquent, frequently amusing, and occasionally profound, these writings offer an intimate portrait of Lincoln--in his own words.show more

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  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 150.4 x 221 x 23.1mm | 426.38g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 port.
  • 0195151062
  • 9780195151060

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"With a connoisseur's eye, William Gienapp has chosen from Lincoln's speeches and writings. Some of the selections will be familiar to readers; others less so. But all demonstrate Lincoln's power as a writer as well as his ability to summarize the issues of his time. With his own profound understanding of the 16th President, Gienapp has placed them in context with his brief introductions. The result is nothing less than the public story of Abraham Lincoln told in his own words, from its beginnings in Sangamon County in the 1830s to its end in Washington in 1865." --Jean H. Baker, Elizabeth Todd Professor of History at Goucher College and author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography"There is nothing in American politics that comes near the power of the words wielded by the sixteenth president. Not only could Abraham Lincoln display a high level of eloquence, logic and originality, but he articulated a clear political philosophy which guided him throughout his life and even now still guides the hopes and aspirations of modern Americans. William Gienapp's collection of Lincoln's political writings captures in a wonderful way the unfolding of Lincoln's political ideas on democracy, national development, and citizenship. With concise and useful introductions for each selection, it will become a convenient and often-reached-for companion in classrooms as well as committee rooms."--Allen C. Guelzo, The Templeton Honors College at Eastern College "With a connoisseur's eye, William Gienapp has chosen from Lincoln's speeches and writings. Some of the selections will be familiar to readers; others less so. But all demonstrate Lincoln's power as a writer as well as his ability to summarize the issues of his time. With his own profound understanding of the 16th President, Gienapp has placed them in context with his brief introductions. The result is nothing less than the public story of Abraham Lincoln told in his own words, from its beginnings in Sangamon County in the 1830s to its end in Washington in 1865." --Jean H. Baker, Elizabeth Todd Professor of History at Goucher College and author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography "There is nothing in American politics that comes near the power of the words wielded by the sixteenth president. Not only could Abraham Lincoln display a high level of eloquence, logic and originality, but he articulated a clear political philosophy which guided him throughout his life and even now still guides the hopes and aspirations of modern Americans. William Gienapp's collection of Lincoln's political writings captures in a wonderful way the unfolding of Lincoln's political ideas on democracy, national development, and citizenship. With concise and useful introductions for each selection, it will become a convenient and often-reached-for companion in classrooms as well as committee rooms."--Allen C. Guelzo, The Templeton Honors College at Eastern College "With a connoisseur's eye, William Gienapp has chosen from Lincoln's speeches and writings. Some of the selections will be familiar to readers; others less so. But all demonstrate Lincoln's power as a writer as well as his ability to summarize the issues of his time. With his own profound understanding of the 16th President, Gienapp has placed them in context with his brief introductions. The result is nothing less than the public story of Abraham Lincoln told in his own words, from its beginnings in Sangamon County in the 1830s to its end in Washington in 1865." --Jean H. Baker, Elizabeth Todd Professor of History at Goucher College and author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography "There is nothing in American politics that comes near the power of the words wielded by the sixteenth president. Not only could Abraham Lincoln display a high level of eloquence, logic and originality, but he articulated a clear political philosophy which guided him throughout his life and even now still guides the hopes and aspirations of modern Americans. William Gienapp's collection of Lincoln's political writings captures in a wonderful way the unfolding of Lincoln's political ideas on democracy, national development, and citizenship. With concise and useful introductions for each selection, it will become a convenient and often-reached-for companion in classrooms as well as committee rooms."--Allen C. Guelzo, The Templeton Honors College at Eastern College "With a connoisseur's eye, William Gienapp has chosen from Lincoln's speeches and writings. Some of the selections will be familiar to readers; others less so. But all demonstrate Lincoln's power as a writer as well as his ability to summarize the issues of his time. With his own profoundunderstanding of the 16th President, Gienapp has placed them in context with his brief introductions. The result is nothing less than the public story of Abraham Lincoln told in his own words, from its beginnings in Sangamon County in the 1830s to its end in Washington in 1865." --Jean H. Baker, Elizabeth Todd Professor of History at Goucher College and author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography"There is nothing in American politics that comes near the power of the words wielded by the sixteenth president. Not only could Abraham Lincoln display a high level of eloquence, logic and originality, but he articulated a clear political philosophy which guided him throughout his life and even nowstill guides the hopes and aspirations of modern Americans. William Gienapp's collection of Lincoln's political writings captures in a wonderful way the unfolding of Lincoln's political ideas on democracy, national development, and citizenship. With concise and useful introductions for eachselection, it will become a convenient and often-reached-for companion in classrooms as well as committee rooms."--Allen C. Guelzo, The Templeton Honors College at Eastern Collegeshow more

About Abraham Lincoln

William E. Gienapp is Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author of the award-winning Origins of the Republican Party, co-author of one of the best-selling college texts for American history, Nation of Nations, and editor of The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection.show more

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