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Lincoln, Slavery and the Civil War: Selected Writings and Speeches
     

Lincoln, Slavery and the Civil War: Selected Writings and Speeches

by Michael P. Johnson, Abraham Lincoln
 
Comprising an impressive array of more than 200 of Abraham Lincoln's writings and speeches, this volume offers a fascinating window onto one of history's most remarkable figures. Letting Lincoln's own eloquent voice tell the story, the author has organized the documentary material topically in ten chapters that follow Lincoln from his youth, to his entry into

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Comprising an impressive array of more than 200 of Abraham Lincoln's writings and speeches, this volume offers a fascinating window onto one of history's most remarkable figures. Letting Lincoln's own eloquent voice tell the story, the author has organized the documentary material topically in ten chapters that follow Lincoln from his youth, to his entry into Republican politics, and through the main events of his presidency. Great public speeches like the Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Gettysburg Address are here, together with many less familiar writing poignantly personal letters to voters and colleagues, notes on military strategy-to show the character and evolution of Lincoln's thought on the crucial issues of free labor, slavery, secession, Civil War, and emancipation. Johnson provides ample historical context through the skillful weaving of narrative and documents and the judicious use of footnotes, making this volume more accessible to undergraduates than any comparable collection. Also included are 14 illustrations, relevant Civil War maps, chronology, questions to consider, bibliography, and an index.

Author Biography: Michael P. Johnson is Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He is co-author of The American Promise and editor of Reading the American Past.

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Library Journal
Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War are three topics that continue to interest both scholarly and popular readers. Johnson (history, Johns Hopkins), the author of numerous historical studies and texts, including Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents, uses Lincoln's own utterances to shed light on the thought of this intriguing public figure and to tell the story of this highly significant conflict. This volume contains more than 170 samples of Lincoln's private and public writings arranged around relevant topics with informative headnotes, a chronology, and questions to challenge the reader and fuel debate. This is a good acquisition for academic and public libraries of all sizes, but for more comprehensive coverage libraries might choose the classic texts Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Philip Van Doren Stern (Modern Library, 1999) or the two-volume Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859-1865, edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher (Library of America, 1989).--Theresa McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Johnson (history, Johns Hopkins U.) has arranged some 170 letters, speeches, and other writings in ten chapters that follow Lincoln from his youth to his entry into Republican politics through the main events of his presidency. In addition to the great public speeches such as the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the Gettysburg Address, here are poignantly personal letters to voters and colleagues, notes on military strategy, and other intimate material that reveals his thoughts on crucial issues of the day. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312227630
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
The Bedford Series in History and Culture
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.85(d)

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