Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writingsby Roy P. Basler, Abraham Lincoln, Carl Sandburg (Photographer)
Compiled in 1946, this essential collection includes nearly 250 of Lincoln's letters, speeches, and thoughts, including the oft-quoted Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and Inaugural Addresses. Furthermore, editor Roy P. Basler directs our attention to Lincoln's less-remembered -- but no less important -- words, including a lengthy denouncement of the Supreme Court's 1857 Dred Scott decision and numerous letters -- to Grant, McClellan, Stanton, and to his wife, Mary Todd. Basler has here culled the best of Lincoln's political, personal, and even poetic writings, adding extensive explanatory notes to help present-day Americans better understand the president who saved the Union.
Since his ascendancy from a log cabin to the White House, Lincoln has been the subject of more books and writings than any other American. His principled character continues to captivate us even today -- a time when we are in more need than ever of his plainspoken and moving language.
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Roy P. Basler was the author of The Lincoln Legend and co-editor of the authoritative eight-volume Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln.
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