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In this acclaimed book, Holzer brings us as close as possible to what Lincoln and Douglas actually said, Using transcripts of Lincoln's speeches as recorded by the pro-Douglas newspaper, and vice-versa, he offers the most reliable, unedited record available of the debates. Also included are background on the sites, crowd comments, and a new introduction.
"A vivid, boisterous picture of politics during our most divisive period...This fresh, fascinating examination.... deserves a place in all American history collection."-Library Journal
Arranged thematically, The Words of Abraham Lincoln brings together his early writings, his notes on courtship, marriage, and the family, his thoughts on slavery, including the full text of the Emancipation Proclamation, and his letters to his generals during the Civil War, among other subjects. This book includes eight historical photographs and a chronology.
Two hundred years after his birth, Lincoln’s writing endures. Witty and wise, Lincoln speaks today as powerfully as he did when he was president.
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.
In addition to many examples of Lincoln’s writings, this volume includes four interpretive essays that will provide an intellectual feast for any reader exploring his complex legacy. Danilo Petranovich looks at Lincoln’s conception of the Union and its radically new focus on purging the nation of the problem of slavery. Ralph Lerner reconsiders Lincoln’s relation to the American framers and in particular his effort to put the Declaration of Independence on a new foundation. Benjamin Kleinerman examines Lincoln’s always controversial views on the scope of executive power during war. And Steven Smith considers the place of religion in Lincoln’s political thought through a close reading of his Second Inaugural Address.
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A sample of Lincoln's wit and wisdom:
"You must remember that some things legally right are not morally right."
On common sense:
"Common-looking people are the best in the world; that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.:"
"A man's character is like a tree and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
Each of the twelve chapters also include shrewd observations of Lincoln from those who knew him best, including his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and his greatest political opponent, Stephen A. Douglas. Featuring excerpts from his most famous speeches as well as numerous photos, this timely tribute is the perfect gift for students, scholars, and history buffs everywhere.
This was the first speech given by the newly-elected President of the United States. In an already tense state, Lincoln made the address with the hopes that the discordant South would listen. While reinforcing that the Union would never break, he encouraged the south to lay down their arms while simultaneously warning that any act against the government would be considered “rebellion” and would be “met with force”. Given the night before the Civil War, Lincoln refuted the idea that the North and South were enemies and called for an end to the fighting.
A House divided was a speech that was given after his nomination to be a state senator by the Republican Party at the Illinois State Capital. In this speech, he clearly states something that he had always held to be true – that the United States could not let its political differences divided. What differentiated this speech from former speeches was in his ambiguity toward slavery. Rather than speaking out against it, Abraham Lincoln said that the entire nation must either oppose or abolish it for the good of the country’s political standing.
Abraham Lincoln saw many political changes during his time as president, few speeches regarding this were so impactful for their time than the last public address given by Abraham Lincoln in 1865. This address was given only two days after the surrender of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army – an event that marked an effective end to the bloodshed of the Civil War. In the speech he calls to not forget what has just taken place and reinforces that the Union is the foundation of the United States. Finally, it calls for a unification of races after the abolishment of slavery, a notion which ultimately led to the untimely demise of the president.
This public address, given well before his presidency, was to the Springfield Washington Temperance Society. Although it did take a stance for temperance, it stirred the waters quite significantly for its time – mainly because it criticized the ways in which temperance was handled. Rather than treating alcoholism with kindness, as Lincoln advocated, he saw the temperance society handling it combatively. However, his final lines of hope carried many over into his message of mind over matter.