Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life: All Volumes (Illustrated)

Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life: All Volumes (Illustrated)

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by William Henry Herndon, Jesse William Weik
     
 

*Includes a table of contents
*Illustrated with images of Lincoln throughout his life

Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) is one of the most famous Americans in history and one of the country’s most revered presidents. Schoolchildren can recite the life story of Lincoln, the “Westerner” who educated himself and became a self made man,… See more details below

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*Includes a table of contents
*Illustrated with images of Lincoln throughout his life

Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) is one of the most famous Americans in history and one of the country’s most revered presidents. Schoolchildren can recite the life story of Lincoln, the “Westerner” who educated himself and became a self made man, rising from lawyer to leader of the new Republican Party before becoming the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln successfully navigated the Union through the Civil War but didn’t live to witness his own accomplishment, becoming the first president assassinated when he was killed at Ford’s Theater by John Wilkes Booth.

As impressive as his presidency was, one of his most lasting legacies was his writing. In addition to masterful writing for everything from orders to his generals and condolences to the aggrieved Mrs. Bixby, his Second Inaugural Address and Gettysburg Address are considered masterpieces that rate among the greatest writings in American history.

Perhaps Lincoln’s most impressive feat is that he was able to convey so much with so few words; after famous orator Edward Everett spoke for hours at Gettysburg, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address only took a few minutes. In those few 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, ensure that democracy would remain a viable form of government, and would also create a unified nation in which states' rights were no longer dominant. And yet, despite the speech's prominent place in the history and popular culture of the United States, the exact wording of the speech is disputed. The five known manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address differ in a number of details and also differ from contemporary newspaper reprints of the speech.
Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life was authored by William Herndon (along with Jesse Weik) , Lincoln’s friend and law partner. He sought to reveal a more “real” version of Lincoln than the biography written by John George Nicolay and John Milton Hay.

This edition of Herndon’s Lincoln includes pictures of Lincoln throughout his life, and a table of contents for easier navigation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013546431
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
11/28/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB

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