Abraham Lincoln, The Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters

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Abraham Lincoln was not only one of America's greatest presidents, but one of America's most gifted writers. In the years before radio and television could bring our leaders into our living rooms, Lincoln communicated to citizens through powerful letters and brilliant speeches. He even wrote poetry! Noted Lincoln scholar and lecturer Harold Holzer gathers Abraham Lincoln's greatest writings--from his early rhymes composed when he was about sixteen to his speech to Indiana soldiers delivered less than a month ...
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Abraham Lincoln was not only one of America's greatest presidents, but one of America's most gifted writers. In the years before radio and television could bring our leaders into our living rooms, Lincoln communicated to citizens through powerful letters and brilliant speeches. He even wrote poetry! Noted Lincoln scholar and lecturer Harold Holzer gathers Abraham Lincoln's greatest writings--from his early rhymes composed when he was about sixteen to his speech to Indiana soldiers delivered less than a month before his death--and illustrates them with poignant archival black-and-white photographs and prints. Holzer divides the book into two parts--The Illinois Years: 1825-1860 and The White House Years: 1861-1865--and provides detailed backgrounds to these important stages of Lincoln's life. Each writing is also accompanied by an introduction that offers historical background. And the timeline of key events in Lincoln's life helps put this extraordinary figure in perspective. Holzer proves that there is no better way to get to know Lincoln than through the magic of his words.
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"This valuable compilation offers insight into the man and the leader, revealing his words and deeds, his humor and dedication."--School Library Journal

"This intriguing compilation of Lincoln's writing includes both personal letters and speeches and is made more meaningful by interesting biographical and introductory notes that focus on the sixteenth president's development as a writer."--Horn Book

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Gr 7 Up-Holzer presents a sampling of writings that offer a unique look at the 16th president's life and the power of his words. The introduction, "Lincoln in His Own Write," reviews the man's development as a writer. The first section traces his career as lawyer, congressman, Senate candidate, until his acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination. It includes early poems; letters to his wife and brother; notes on the law, the role of government, and democracy; and excerpts from speeches on the Dred Scott Decision and a "House Divided," as well as from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. "The White House Years, 1861-1865" illuminates the president through his inaugural addresses, letters to generals, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and letters to his sons. Each sample of writing is preceded by an informative introduction. An excellent selection of archival black-and-white photographs and reproductions enriches the text. This valuable compilation offers insight into the man and the leader, revealing his words and deeds, his humor and dedication.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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  • ISBN-13: 9781563977725
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 108
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.29 (w) x 10.27 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Holzer is the author of The Lincoln Mailbag; The Lincoln Image; Lincoln on Democracy; Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President; and for young readers The Civil War Era. He is vice president for communications at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and lives in Rye, New York. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Lincoln in His Own Write 9
Section 1 The Illinois Years, 1825-1860 19
Rhymes from His Practice Book - 1825 23
Protesting Slavery - March 3, 1837 25
From "My Childhood-Home I See Again" - February 1846 26
Lonely Congressman Misses His Family-April 16, 1848 28
How to Be a Good Lawyer-July 1, 1850 [?] 30
Refusing to Visit His Dying Father-January 12, 1851 33
What Government Should Do-July 1, 1854 [?] 34
From a Speech on the Dred Scott Decision-June 26, 1857 35
From the "House Divided" Speech-June 16, 1858 36
His Idea of Democracy-August 1, 1858 [?] 38
Excerpts from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates August-October 1858 39
From Lincoln's Speech at the First Debate 40
From Lincoln's Speech at the Third Debate 41
From Lincoln's Speech at the Fourth Debate 42
From Lincoln's Speech at the Fifth Debate 43
From Lincoln's Speech at the Seventh Debate 43
From His Cooper Union Address-February 27, 1860 44
Accepting the Nomination for President-May 19, 1860 45
Section 2 The White House Years, 1861-1865 47
Farewell Address-February 11, 1861 53
Speech in Independence Hall-February 22, 1861 54
From HIs First Inaugural Address-March 4, 1861 55
To the Parents of a Dead Hero-May 25, 1861 57
From an Independence Day Message to Congress-July 4, 1861 59
A Job Recommendation-October 17, 1861 60
Reply to the "Prayer of Twenty Millions"-August 22, 1862 62
From His First Annual Message to Congress-December 1, 1862 64
Sympathy for a Dead Hero-December 23, 1862 65
The Final Emancipation Proclamation-January 1, 1863 67
A Nightmare About His Son-June 9, 1863 71
Congratulating a Victorious General-July 13, 1863 72
Begging His College Student Son to Write Home-July 14, 1863 73
Bad News for Tad: His Pet Goat Vanishes-August 8, 1863 74
Husband Misses Wife-September 21, 1863 75
The Gettysburg Address-November 19, 1863 76
Urging That Blacks Be Allowed to Vote-March 13, 1864 78
A Thought on the Evils of Slavery-March 22, 1864 79
Responding to Children's Plea for Freedom-April 5, 1864 79
"A Good Definition" of Liberty-April 18, 1864 80
Father and Goats Are Fine-April 28, 1864 81
Speech to an Ohio Regiment-August 22, 1864 82
The "Bixby Letter"-November 21, 1864 84
His Second Inaugural Address-March 4, 1865 85
A Lifelong Belief in Freedom-March 17, 1865 88
Abraham Lincoln: His Life Story, Year by Year 91
Index 99
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