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In the aftermath of the bloodiest battle ever fought in North America, the little town of Gettysburg was overwhelmed. This was where Lincoln had to come to explain why the horror of war must continue. Boritt shows how Lincoln responded to the politics of the time, as well as how and when he wrote the various versions of his remarks. Few people initially recognized the importance of the speech, but over the years it would grow into American scripture, acquiring new and broader meanings.
Based on years of scholarship as well as a deep understanding of Lincoln and of Gettysburg itself, The Gettysburg Gospel is an indispensable book for anyone interested in the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln, the CivilWar, or American history.
About the Author:
Gabor Boritt is the Robert Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the CivilWar Institute at Gettysburg College
* Mp3 CD Format *. The literature of the Gettysburg Address tends to fall into one of two extremes. At one end are those books that maintain that Lincoln wrote his speech hastily, even on a scrap of paper on the train en route from Washington to Gettysburg. In this version, Lincoln delivered his remarks to an uncomprehending public, which applauded politely, failing to appreciate his genius. Many of the books that argued this point of view are out of print today, but the myths and legends live on.Boritt's vivid narrative will be filled with colorful, little-known details. It will recreate the events, but it will also assess the significance of Lincoln's remarks and place them in their proper historical context as no book has before, showing how the remarks that were quickly forgotten took on a new life decades later and became the most famous speech in American history.
Posted September 5, 2009
As a "Gettysburg" fanatic, I thought there could be little left for me to learn about anything connected to the battle. I had even written a book for teachers about how to use The Killer Angels in the classrom. Well, wasn't I knocked off my smug little pedestal when I read this one!? The opening chapters in particular give a fresh, and for some, I imagine, new insight into the days and weeks after the battle. Boritt draws the scenes of wreckage and slaughter so clearly one cannot help but be moved and his research into the realities of Lincoln's Address is rewarding for even the most casual reader. The prose style is never pedantic but rather almost conversational and engaging. I recommend this for anyone interested in the battle, whether new to that interest or an "old hand."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2011
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