Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War: Selected Writings and Speeches / Edition 1

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Letting Lincoln's eloquent voice speak for itself, editor Michael Johnson has collected more than 180 of the writings and speeches that illuminate Lincoln’s life and career, from his youth to his entry into Republican politics and through his presidency. Classics like the Kansas-Nebraska speech, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, and the Gettysburg Address, along with less familiar writings — poignant letters to individual voters, notes to generals on military strategy, and stirring public speeches — show the development of Lincoln's thought on free labor, slavery, secession, the Civil War, and emancipation. Johnson provides historical context by weaving an engaging narrative around Lincoln’s own words, making this volume the most accessible collection of Lincoln’s writings available. Also included are 14 illustrations, relevant Civil War maps, a Lincoln chronology, reading questions, a bibliography, and an index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312208547
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: The Bedford Series in History and Culture Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael P. Johnson is professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. His publications include Toward a Patriarchal Republic: The Secession of Georgia (1977), No Chariot Let Down: Charleston's Free People of Color on the Eve of the Civil War (1984), and with James Roark, Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South (1984). He is co-author of The American Promise: A History of the United States (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998), The American Promise: A History of the United States, Compact Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000), and editor of Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998).

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

List of Maps and Illustrations

Introduction: Abraham Lincoln, Wordsmith

A Note about the Text

1. Lessons of Life

Autobiographies

Letter to Jesse W. Fell, December 20, 1859

Autobiography Written for the 1860 Presidential Campaign,
circa June 1860

Ambition

To the People of Sangamo County, March 9, 1832

Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois,
January 27, 1838

Work

Letter to John D. Johnston, December 24, 1848

Letter to John D. Johnston, November 4, 1851

Address to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society,
Milwaukee, Wisconson, September 30, 1859

Religion

Handbill on Religion: To the Voters of the Seventh Congressional District, July 31, 1846

2. Becoming a Republican

Henry Clay, Whig Statesman

Eulogy on Henry Clay, July 6, 1852

The Kansas-Nebraska Act

Speech on the Kansas-Nebraska Act at Peoria, Illinois,
October 16, 1854

Justifications of Slavery

Fragment on Slavery, possibly 1854

"Where I Now Stand"

Letter to Joshua F. Speed, August 24, 1855

The Dred Scott Decision

Speech on the Dred Scott Decision, June 26, 1857

3. Leading the Republican Party

A House Divided

"A House Divided" Speech at Springfield, Illinois,
June 16, 1858

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

First Lincoln-Douglas Debate, August 21, 1858

Fourth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, September 18, 1858

Fifth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, October 7, 1858

Sixth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, October 13, 1858

Seventh Lincoln-Douglas Debate, October 15, 1858

Partisan Tactics

Letter to Norman B. Judd, October 20, 1858

The 1860 Campaign for President

Address at Cooper Institute, February 27, 1860

Remarks at a Republican Rally during the Presidential Campaign, August 8, 1860

Letter to Grace Bedell, October 19, 1860

Letter to George T. M. Davis, October 27, 1860

Remarks after Victory in the Presidential Election,
Springfield, Illinois, November 20, 1860

4. The Secession Crisis

The Limits of Compromise

Letter to Lyman Trumbull, December 10, 1860

Letter to John A. Gilmer, December 15, 1860

Letter to Alexander H. Stephens, December 22, 1860

Letter to Duff Green, December 28, 1860

Letter to James W. Webb, December 29, 1860

Letter to James T. Hale, January 11, 1861

Letter to William H. Seward, February 1, 1861

Rallying the Union

Farewell Address at Springfield, Illinois,
February 11, 1861

Speech from the Balcony of the Bates House at Indianapolis, Indiana, February 11, 1861

Speech to Germans at Cincinnati, Ohio, February 12, 1861

Speech at Cleveland, Ohio, February 15, 1861

Speech in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
February 22, 1861

First Inaugural Address

First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

5. A War to Save the Union

The Fort Sumter Crisis

Letter to Winfield Scott, March 9, 1861

Letter to William H. Seward, April 1, 1861

Letter to Robert Anderson, April 4, 1861

Organizing for War

Proclamation Calling Militia and Convening Congress,
April 15, 1861

Reply to a Baltimore Committee, April 22, 1861

Letter to Reverdy Johnson, April 24, 1861

Message to Congress in Special Session, July 4, 1861

The Aftermath of Defeat at Bull Run

Memoranda of Military Policy Suggested by the Bull Run Defeat, July 23, 1861, and July 27, 1861

Letter to John A. McClernand, November 10, 1861

Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861

6. Marching South

"Delay Is Ruining Us"

Letter to Ambrose E. Burnside, December 26, 1861

Letter to Don C. Buell, January 4, 1862

Letter to Don C. Buell, January 6, 1862

Letter to Don C. Buell, January 7, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, January 9, 1862

Letter to Don C. Buell, January 13, 1862

President’s General War Order No. 1, January 27, 1862

The Peninsula Campaign

Letter to George B. McClellan, February 3, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, February 8, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, March 13, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, April 9, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, May 25, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, June 26, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, June 28, 1862

Letter to William H. Seward, June 28, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, July 1, 1862

Letter to Agénor-Etienne de Gasparin, August 4, 1862

The Second Battle of Bull Run and Antietam

Meditation on Divine Will, September 2, 1862?

Letter to George B. McClellan, September 8, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, September 10, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, September 12, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, September 15, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, October 13, 1862

Letter to George B. McClellan, October 24 [25], 1862

Memorandum on Furloughs, November 1862

Home-Front Politics

Proclamation Suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus,
September 24, 1862

Letter to Carl Schurz, November 24, 1862

Congratulations to the Army of the Potomac,
December 22, 1862

Letter to Fanny McCullough, December 23, 1862

7. Toward Emancipation

Reassuring Loyal Southerners

Letter to John C. Frémont, September 2, 1861

Letter to John C. Frémont, September 11, 1861

Letter to Orville H. Browning, September 22, 1861

Message to Congress, March 6, 1862

Letter to Henry J. Raymond, March 9, 1862

Letter to Horace Greeley, March 24, 1862

Proclamation Revoking General Hunter’s Order of Military Emancipation, May 19, 1862

Appeal to Border State Representatives to Favor Compensated Emancipation, July 12, 1862

Message to the Senate and House of Representatives,
July 17, 1862

Letter to Cuthbert Bullitt, July 28, 1862

Letter to August Belmont, July 31, 1862

Address on Colonization to a Delegation of Black Americans, August 14, 1862

Letter to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862

Announcing Emancipation

Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862

Letter to Hannibal Hamlin, September 28, 1862

Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862

Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863

8. A War for Freedom and Union

Emancipation and Black Soldiers

Letter to John A. McClernand, January 8, 1863

Letter to John A. Dix, January 14, 1863

Letter to Andrew Johnson, March 26, 1863

Letter to David Hunter, April 1, 1863

Letter to Edwin M. Stanton, July 21, 1863

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, August 9, 1863

Order of Retaliation, July 30, 1863

Draft of a Communication to Stephen A. Hurlbut,
circa August 15, 1863

Letter to John M. Schofield, June 22, 1863

Letter to Stephen A. Hurlbut, July 31, 1863

Letter to Salmon P. Chase, September 2, 1863

The Decisive Summer of 1863

Letter to Joseph Hooker, January 26, 1863

Memorandum on Joseph Hooker’s Plan of Campaign against Richmond, circa April 6–10, 1863

Letter to Joseph Hooker, May 7, 1863

Letter to Joseph Hooker, June 5, 1863

Announcement of News from Gettysburg, July 4, 1863

Letter to Henry W. Halleck, July 6, 1863

Response to a Serenade, July 7, 1863

Letter to Henry W. Halleck, July 7, 1863

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, July 13, 1863

Letter to George G. Meade, July 14, 1863

Letter to Oliver O. Howard, July 21, 1863

Letter to Henry W. Halleck, September 19, 1863

Politics of War and Freedom

Letter to the Workingmen of Manchester, England,
January 19, 1863

Letter to Erastus Corning and Others, June 12, 1863

Letter to Montgomery Blair, July 24, 1863

Letter to Horatio Seymour, August 7, 1863

Letter to James C. Conkling, August 26, 1863

Opinion on the Draft, September 14?, 1863

The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

9. Defending a New Birth of Freedom

War without End

Speech to Ulysses S. Grant, March 9, 1864

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, April 30, 1864

Planning Reconstruction

Letter to Nathaniel P. Banks, August 5, 1863

Letter to Andrew Johnson, September 11, 1863

Letter to Nathaniel P. Banks, November 5, 1863

Annual Message to Congress, December 8, 1863

Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction,
December 8, 1863

Letter to Alpheus Lewis, January 23, 1864

Letter to Michael Hahn, March 13, 1864

Proclamation Concerning Reconstruction, July 8, 1864

The Political Campaign for Union, Freedom,
and War

Remarks at Closing of Sanitary Fair, Washington, D.C.,
March 18, 1864

Reply to New York Workingmen’s Democratic Republican Association, March 21, 1864

Letter to Edwin M. Stanton, July 27, 1864

Letter to Albert G. Hodges, April 4, 1864

Letter to Mrs. Horace Mann, April 5, 1864

Speech at Great Central Sanitary Fair, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, June 16, 1864

Letter to Horace Greeley, July 9, 1864

To Whom It May Concern, July 18, 1864

Letter to Charles D. Robinson, August 17, 1864

Interview with Alexander W. Randall and Joseph T. Mills,
August 19, 1864

Speech to 166th Ohio Regiment, August 22, 1864

Memorandum Concerning Lincoln’s Probable Failure of Re-election, August 23, 1864

Glorious Victories

Order of Thanks to David G. Farragut and Others,
September 3, 1864

Order of Thanks to William T. Sherman and Others,
September 3, 1864

Proclamation of Thanksgiving and Prayer,
September 3, 1864

Letter to Eliza P. Gurney, September 4, 1864

Letter to Philip H. Sheridan, October 22, 1864

Speech to 189th New York Volunteers, October 24, 1864

A Vote for Union, Freedom, and War?

Letter to Isaac M. Schermerhorn, September 12, 1864

Letter to William T. Sherman, September 19, 1864

Response to a Serenade, November 10, 1864

Letter to Lydia Bixby, November 21, 1864

10. "To Finish the Work We Are In"

The War Continues

Annual Message to Congress, December 6, 1864

Letter to George H. Thomas, December 16, 1864

Letter to William T. Sherman, December 26, 1864

Letter to Edwin M. Stanton, January 5, 1865

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, January 19, 1865

Toward Peace and Freedom

Letter to William H. Seward, January 31, 1865

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, February 1, 1865

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, March 3, 1865

Resolution Submitting the Thirteenth Amendment to the States, February 1, 1865

Response to a Serenade, February 1, 1865

Message to the Senate and House of Representatives,
February 5, 1865

"That This Mighty Scourge of War May Speedily Pass Away"

Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

Letter to Thurlow Weed, March 15, 1865

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, March 9, 1865

Speech to 140th Indiana Regiment, March 17, 1865

Letter to John A. Campbell, April 5, 1865

Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, April 7, 1865

Response to a Serenade, April 10, 1865

Last Public Address, April 11, 1865

Appendixes

An Abraham Lincoln Chronology (1809–1865)

Questions for Consideration

Selected Bibliography

Index

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