Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War: Selected Writing and Speeches / Edition 2

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This collection, skillfully edited by Michael P. Johnson, offers students the essential Lincoln in a brief and accessible format that makes this a must-assign edition for courses covering the antebellum period, slavery, and the Civil War. From famous documents like the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the second inaugural address to crucial memoranda and letters, it reveals the development of Lincoln's views on all the critical issues of the day, including free labor, antebellum politics and the Republican party, slavery, secession, the Civil War, and emancipation. Significantly streamlined for the second edition to a more student-friendly length, the volume retains its successful format: documents are organized thematically and chronologically, with editorial headnotes that provide just enough context for students to understand the significance of each selection. In addition to Johnson's widely praised biographical introduction, a chronology, maps and pictures, questions for consideration, selected bibliography, and a comprehensive index all enhance students' understanding of this crucial period — and this crucial figure — in U.S. history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312558130
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/17/2010
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 486,030
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.15 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL P. JOHNSON (Ph.D., Stanford University) is a professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University. He has published extensively, taught, and lectured on the social and political history of slavery and freedom in the Civil War era. 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Promise: A History of the United States (Bedford/St. Martin's) and editor of Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents (Bedford/St. Martin's).

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Table of Contents

A Note about the Text 
List of maps and illustrations 
Part One. Introduction: Abraham Lincoln, Wordsmith 

Part Two. The Documents
1.  Becoming a Republican 
  The Kansas-Nebraska Act 
  1. Speech on the Kansas-Nebraska Act at Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854 
  Justifications of Slavery 
  2. Fragment on Slavery, possibly 1854 
  “Where I Now Stand” 
  3. Letter to Joshua F. Speed, August 24, 1855 
  The Dred Scott Decision 
  4. Speech on the Dred Scott Decision, June 26, 1857 
2.  Leading the Republican Party 
  A House Divided 
  5. “A House Divided” Speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858 
  The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 
  6. First Lincoln-Douglas Debate, August 21, 1858 
  7. Fourth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, September 18, 1858 
  8. Fifth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, October 7, 1858 
  9. Sixth Lincoln-Douglas Debate, October 13, 1858 
  10. Seventh Lincoln-Douglas Debate, October 15, 1858 
  The 1860 Campaign for President 
  11. Address at Cooper Institute, February 27, 1860 
3.  From Secession to War 
  The Limits of Compromise 
  12. Letter to Lyman Trumbull, December 10, 1860 
  13. Letter to John A. Gilmer, December 15, 1860 
  14. Letter to Alexander H. Stephens, December 22, 1860 
  Inauguration as President 
  15. First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 
  A War to Save the Union 
  16. Message to Congress in Special Session, July 4, 1861 
  War in Earnest 
  17. Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861 
4.  Marching South 
  “Delay Is Ruining Us” 
  18. President's General War Order No. 1, January 27, 1862 
  The Peninsula Campaign 
  19. Letter to George B. McClellan, February 3, 1862 
  20. Letter to George B. McClellan, April 9, 1862 
  21. Letter to George B. McClellan, June 28, 1862 
  22. Letter to Secretary of State William H. Seward, June 28, 1862 
  The Second Battle of Bull Run and Antietam 
  23. Meditation on Divine Will, September 2, 1862? 
  24. Letter to George B. McClellan, October 13, 1862 
  Home-Front Politics 
  25. Proclamation Suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, September 24, 1862 
  26. Letter to Carl Schurz, November 24, 1862 
5.  Toward Emancipation 
  Reassuring Loyal Southerners 
  27. Letter to Orville H. Browning, September 22, 1861 
  28. Message to Congress, March 6, 1862 
  29. Appeal to Border State Representatives to Favor Compensated Emancipation, July 12, 1862 
  30. Address on Colonization to a Delegation of Black Americans, August 14, 1862 
  31. Letter to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862 
  Announcing Emancipation 
  32. Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862 
  33. Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862 
  34. Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863 
6.  A War for Freedom and Union 
  Emancipation and Black Soldiers 
  35. Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, August 9, 1863 
  36. Order of Retaliation, July 30, 1863 
  37. Letter to Salmon P. Chase, September 2, 1863 
  The Decisive Summer of 1863 
  38. Letter to Joseph Hooker, January 26, 1863 
  39. Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, July 13, 1863 
  40. Letter to George G. Meade, July 14, 1863 
  Politics of War and Freedom 
  41. Letter to James C. Conkling, August 26, 1863 
  42. The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863 
7.  Defending a New Birth of Freedom 
  War without End 
  43. Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, April 30, 1864 
  Planning Reconstruction 
  44. Letter to Nathaniel P. Banks, August 5, 1863 
  45. Annual Message to Congress, December 8, 1863 
  46. Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, December 8, 1863 
  47. Letter to Michael Hahn, March 13, 1864 
  The Political Campaign for Union, Freedom, and War 
  48. Remarks at Closing of Sanitary Fair, Washington, D.C., March 18, 1864 
  49. Letter to Albert G. Hodges, April 4, 1864 
  50. Interview with Alexander W. Randall and Joseph T. Mills, August 19, 1864 
  51. Memorandum Concerning Lincoln's Probable Failure of Re-election, August 23, 1864 
  Glorious Victories 
  A Vote for Union, Freedom, and War? 
  52. Response to a Crowd of Supporters, November 10, 1864 
  53. Letter to Lydia Bixby, November 21, 1864 
8.  “To Finish the Work We Are In” 
  The War Continues 
  54. Annual Message to Congress, December 6, 1864 
  55. Letter to William T. Sherman, December 26, 1864 
  56. Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, January 19, 1865 
  Toward Peace and Freedom 
  57. Letter to William H. Seward, January 31, 1865 
  58. Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, March 3, 1865 
  59. Resolution Submitting the Thirteenth Amendment to the States, February 1, 1865 
  60. Message to the Senate and House of Representatives, February 5, 1865 
  “That This Mighty Scourge of War May Speedily Pass Away” 
  61. Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865 
  62. Speech to 140th Indiana Regiment, March 17, 1865 
  63. Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, April 7, 1865 
  64. Response to a Crowd of Supporters, April 10, 1865 
  65. Last Public Address, April 11, 1865 
  An Abraham Lincoln Chronology (1809-1865) 
  Questions for Consideration 
  Selected Bibliography 



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