Great Ideas The Gettysburg Address

Great Ideas The Gettysburg Address

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by Abraham Lincoln
     
 

The Address was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg. In just over two minutes, Lincoln invoked the principles of

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The Address was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg. In just over two minutes, Lincoln invoked the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and redefined the Civil War as a struggle not merely for the Union, but as "a new birth of freedom" that would bring true equality to all of its citizens, and that would also create a unified nation in which states' rights were no longer dominant. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McCurdy creates powerful, large-scale black-and-white illustrations like those in his Giants in the Land to match Abraham Lincoln's classic speech in this handsome volume. On oversize pages, scenes of Lincoln delivering the address at the Gettysburg battlefield alternate with visualizations of the imagery contained in it. For example, a line of people carrying building tools marches across the pages as Lincoln proclaims that ``it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work.'' As Lincoln concludes, resolving that ``government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,'' the cheering crowd gazes out from the page into the future-a fitting conclusion to an American classic made new again. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
The famous words and stirring ideals of Lincoln's immortal, three-minute speech given at the battlefield at Gettysburg are rendered into a beautiful picture book with detailed, black and white scratchboard illustrations that have the look of the period. The many, large format pictures show Lincoln addressing the crowd, as well as a variety of scenes from the Civil War and related events. A foreword by Garry Wills gives historical background information, while an afterward by the illustrator describes his connection to the Battle of Gettysburg through his great-grandfather who fought there.
School Library Journal
K Up-McCurdy brings the important words of America's 16th president to life for a new generation of children bombarded by violent acts. With just a few lines of Lincoln's speech per double-page spread, a pace is established that allows the language to sink in and take hold. The wood engravings, depicting sweeping panoramas and crowds that continue beyond the page, provide the dark serious tone and high drama appropriate for the subject. (Interestingly, wood engravings were the choice of Leonard Everett Fisher in his interpretation of The Gettysburg Address [Watts, 1963; o.p.]). The scenes alternate between the action of battle and the quiet artifacts left behind, from a parade of slaves-``all men are created equal,'' to a processional of spirited laborers-``dedicated...to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.'' These are interspersed with views of Lincoln addressing the crowd from various perspectives. A brief foreword by Gary Wills, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg (S.&S., 1992) provides insight into the reason for the common burial ground. An afterword by the illustrator explains his family connection to the Civil War and, therefore, his inspiration. A valuable addition for every collection.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Carolyn Phelan
An oversize book, this volume includes an introduction by Gary Wills, an afterword by the artist, and the text of the Gettysburg Address. The large black-and-white illustrations feature scenes of the orator and his audience, as well as pictures they might have imagined while listening to the speech--battle scenes and symbolic tableaux. Skillfully composed and occasionally striking, the artwork makes this a good choice for libraries with an audience for a picture-book edition of Lincoln's famous speech.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141043906
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Pages:
128

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