This Fiery Trial

This Fiery Trial : The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln

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William Gienapp has edited a new edition of Lincoln's writings intended to supplement as well as serve as a companion to his short biography Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America. This concise edition will appeal to both a general audience interested in becoming acquainted with Lincoln via his writings, speeches, and letters, as well as to students in college courses covering the Civil War and Lincoln's presidency. Gienapp has provided longer and more detailed introductory headnotes than those offered by similar collections of Lincoln's writings, while at the same time, through judicious selection and editorial focus, he has kept the length short enough to make it an attractive supplementary text for college courses. This edition contains selections from Lincoln's writings from his early years to his death, with primary emphasis on the presidential years. Some documents, especially letters, are published in full, but many of the documents, particularly speeches, annual messages, proclamations, and public letters have been carefully condensed to preserve the full meaning and significance of Lincoln's writings while at the same time maximizing the collection's conciseness.Taken together the selections convey Lincoln's basic ideas, the nature of his wartime leadership, and his personality and more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone frontispiece
  • 0195151011
  • 9780195151015
  • 1,986,601

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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 sixteenth 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 Sangamo County in the 1830s to its end in Washington in 1865."-- Jean H. Baker, Elizabeth Todd Professor at Goucher College, and author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biographyshow more

About William E. Gienapp

William Gienapp grew up in Iowa and California and was educated at the University of California, Berkley, and Yale University. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1980. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, The University of Wyoming and Harvard University, where he is Professor of Harvard College. He is the author of The Origins of the Republican Party, 1852-1856 (1987), which received the Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians, and co-author of Nation of Nations, a U.S. history textbook. A specialist on the Civil War era, he recently published a documentary collection on the war and reconstruction and is currently writing a history of the Civil War. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Studies more

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