Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: Four Score and More--

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Four score and seven years ago ... is one of the best-known opening phrases in the world, and many of us have read Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Few of us, however, have looked behind the words.

In this book, Barbara Silberdick Feinberg gives insight into Lincoln's positions on slavery, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence as he wrote the Address. First-hand accounts describe Lincoln's careful consideration of the issues while writing his speech for a ...

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Four score and seven years ago ... is one of the best-known opening phrases in the world, and many of us have read Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Few of us, however, have looked behind the words.

In this book, Barbara Silberdick Feinberg gives insight into Lincoln's positions on slavery, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence as he wrote the Address. First-hand accounts describe Lincoln's careful consideration of the issues while writing his speech for a tired, war-torn nation, and the variety of responses his speech received in his day. At a time when the future of the United States was in jeopardy, his masterpiece struck a chord in the heart of the nation that still resonates.

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On the afternoon of November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln rose to speak to people gathered at the recently completed Gettysburg National Cemetery. Only a few months previous to President Lincoln's speech, over 52,000 Americans had become casualties in three days of ferocious combat in the fields, forests, and streets of nearby Gettysburg proper. Lincoln was a secondary speaker on that dedication day. Edward Everett , a sixtynineyearold politician and orator of renown, had already taken nearly two hours to describe the Gettysburg conflict and its place in the Civil War. Lincoln approached the podium merely as the result of a courtesy extended to the nation's chief executive to speak as a token gesture. Yet, in approximately three minutes and 272 words, Abraham Lincoln touched upon deeply felt themes of American history at a time when the very concept of democracy in the New World stood in question. In those few words, Lincoln created a verbal fabric that has stood the test of time as a classic of American rhetoric. Even today, the words Lincoln uttered before that shivering crowd stand out as a clarion call for freedom and equality. Yet, at the time that Lincoln spoke, his message was both controversial and unevenly appreciated. The story of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is a well known one that is beautifully detailed in this fine book. Lincoln's personality, beliefs, and style are captured in this historical work. President Lincoln was not convinced that his speech would be understood and appreciated. His meticulous approach to crafting that address and his inherent belief in freedom are well described in this illustrated text. Students of history, the Civil War, and the AmericanPresidency will find this book to be of enormous interest. 2000, TwentyFirst Century Books, Ages 10 up, $24.40. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Gr 7 Up-For decades, students have memorized all or parts of the Gettysburg Address. Why? What was the purpose of the speech? When did Lincoln prepare the message? Feinberg answers these questions and more while she fosters a deeper appreciation for the memorable, inspirational words. Immediate reactions to the address varied and several contemporary views are presented. Despite Lincoln's prediction, people did long remember what he said there. Why? Because in simple yet profound language, the president reminded people, according to the author, "to live up to the ideals of the nation's founders." Excellent-quality, full-color and black-and-white photos and reproductions appear throughout this beautifully designed book.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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This 79-page examination of the Gettysburg Address provides kids in grades 4-6 with an excellent in-depth examination of the concepts and basic importance of Lincoln's historic statements. Chapters blend vintage black and white photos with fine insights on the events of his times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761316107
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Single Titles Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Four Score and More 9
Chapter 2 The Dedication Ceremony 13
Chapter 3 An Invitation to the President 24
Chapter 4 The President's Response 37
Chapter 5 The Immediate Reaction to the Gettysburg Address 51
Chapter 6 An Immortal Speech 60
Sources 73
Further Reading 75
Index 77
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