Lincoln on Democracy

Lincoln on Democracy

by Mario C. Cuomo, G. S. Boritt
     
 


Back in print after ten years, this unique book brings together 141 speeches, speech excerpts, letters, fragments, and other writings by Lincoln on the theme of democracy. Selected by leading historians, the writings include such standards as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address, but also such little-seen writings as a letter assuring a general… See more details below

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Back in print after ten years, this unique book brings together 141 speeches, speech excerpts, letters, fragments, and other writings by Lincoln on the theme of democracy. Selected by leading historians, the writings include such standards as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address, but also such little-seen writings as a letter assuring a general that the President felt safe-drafted just three days before Lincoln's assassination. In this richly annotated anthology, the writings are grouped thematically into seven sections that cover politics, slavery, the union, democracy, liberty, the nation divided, and the American Dream. The introductions are by well-known historians: Gabor Borritt, William E. Gienapp, Charles B. Strozier, Richard Nelson Current, James M. McPherson, Mark E. Neely, Jr., and Hans L. Trefousse. In addition, each section's title page displays a photograph of Lincoln from the time period covered in that section, with a paragraph describing the source and the occasion for which the photograph was made.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823223459
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fordham University Press edition
Preface
Introduction
"Not much of me" : Lincoln's "autobiography," age 50, December 20, 1859
I"The people's business" : Lincoln and the American dream, 1832-1852
Introduction3
No wealthy ... relations to recommend me9
I shall be governed by their will11
The people know their rights12
Injustice and bad policy13
The political religion of the nation15
The wealthy can not justly complain24
Many free countries have lost their liberty25
'God tempers the wind'26
The sorrow quenching draughts of perfect liberty28
By the fruit the tree is to be known30
Useless labour is ... the same as idleness32
The right to rise up34
No one man should hold the power36
There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good38
Leaving the people's business in their hands40
Go to work, 'tooth and nails'41
Valuable to his adopted country43
Resolve to be honest44
The presidency ... is no bed of roses46
Principles held dear49
A deep devotion to the cause of human liberty51
II"All we have ever held sacred" : Lincoln and slavery, 1854-1857
Introduction55
We proposed to give all a chance62
'To do for the people what needs to be done'63
Our Republican robe is soiled65
No peaceful extinction of slavery in prospect78
I am not a know-nothing80
This great principle of equality84
Free society is not ... a failure86
A standard maxim for free society88
Not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots92
III"Another explosion will come" : Lincoln and the house divided, 1858
Introduction97
Government cannot endure ... half slave and half free105
The electric cord in that declaration114
Fight this battle upon principle118
This expresses my idea of democracy121
Return to the fountain121
I claim no ... exemption from personal ambition123
The moral lights around us125
Our reliance is in the love of liberty127
Never have had a black woman for either a slave or a wife128
Give to him that is needy130
'He trembled for his country'132
The eternal struggle134
The fight must go on136
IV"Right makes might" : Lincoln and the race for president, 1859-1960
Introduction141
Sole hope of the future148
He who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave154
Aim at the elevation of men156
The moral lights around us157
Equality ... beats inequality159
Free labor ... gives hope to all160
Let us stand by our duty164
The laborer can strike if he wants to175
Allow the humblest man an equal chance176
I accept the nomination177
Work, work, work is the main thing178
I rejoice with you in the success179
The tug has to come180
V"Hour of trial" : Lincoln and union, 1861
Introduction183
The principle that clears the path for all188
If we surrender, it is the end of us189
With a task before me190
Liberty, for yourselves, and not for me191
There is but little harm I can do192
Give the greatest good to the greatest number193
The majority shall rule194
The ship can be saved, with the cargo195
In accordance with the original idea196
I would rather be assassinated198
Plain as a turnpike road199
The momentous issue of Civil War201
I hope we have a government and a president210
The perpetuity of popular government211
We can not permanently prevent their action213
Suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus214
The central idea pervading this struggle215
A Polish gentleman ... highly recommended216
This is ... a people's contest217
Allow no man to be shot226
I cannot assume this reckless position227
Wanting to work is so rare229
The capacity of man for self-government230
The struggle of today ... for a vast future also231
VI"Forever free" : Lincoln and liberty, 1862-1863
Introduction
The principle of the equal rights of men243
Gradual ... emancipation, is better for all244
Government was saved from overthrow246
Our common country is in great peril247
A fit and necessary military measure249
Your race are suffering251
My paramount object in this struggle253
God wills this contest254
The time has come now255
Thenceforward, and forever free257
To suppress the insurrection260
Breath alone kills no rebels262
A fiery trial263
We cannot escape history264
The promise must now be kept269
Sincerely believed to be ... an act of justice270
An instance of sublime Christian heroism273
I will risk the dictatorship275
Resist ... such recognition276
Public safety does require the suspension277
The decision is to be made282
How long ago is it? - eighty odd years283
My 'public-opinion baths'284
Those who shall have tasted actual freedom ... can never be slaves285
Better prepared for the new286
You say you will not fight to free Negroes288
The boundless field of absolutism?292
Has the manhood of our race run out?293
I do not intend to be a tyrant296
VII"For us the living" : Lincoln and democracy, 1863-1865
Introduction301
New birth of freedom307
You will not find that to be an obstacle308
The new reckoning309
I have never interfered ... in any church311
Common looking people are the best in the world312
Universal amnesty ... with universal suffrage313
Keep the jewel of liberty314
Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another315
Never knew a man who wished to be ... a slave316
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong316
The limb must be sacrificed319
A good definition of the word liberty320
So that they can have the benefit321
May I have to answer for robbing no man323
A fitting, and necessary conclusion324
The people's business325
I should deserve to be damned325
Kindly paying attention327
Any one of your children may look to come here328
My duty to co-operate329
The purposes of the almighty are perfect330
Struggling to maintain government, not to overthrow it331
Discharge him at once332
The election was a necessity333
Not the sort of religion upon which people can get to heaven335
The voice of the people336
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude ... shall exist338
A king's cure for all the evils339
With malice toward none340
I have always thought that all men should be free343
A righteous and speedy peace344
A union of hearts and hands349
Afterword : the Abraham Lincoln association351
Lincoln, the nation, and the world : a chronology, 1809-1865355

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