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The Gettysburg Address is one of the most influential speeches in our history, written by Abraham Lincoln at a crucial period in his presidency and in United States history. Caldecott Honoree and Newbery Medalist James Daugherty's pictorial interpretation of President Abraham Lincoln's famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, was originally published by Albert Whitman in 1947. This book is available again in a fresh new edition just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with a new ...
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The Gettysburg Address is one of the most influential speeches in our history, written by Abraham Lincoln at a crucial period in his presidency and in United States history. Caldecott Honoree and Newbery Medalist James Daugherty's pictorial interpretation of President Abraham Lincoln's famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, was originally published by Albert Whitman in 1947. This book is available again in a fresh new edition just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with a new introduction by Lincoln- and Civil War-scholar Gabor S. Boritt.
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Publishers Weekly
President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address 150 years ago, in late 1863; the text of that speech formed the basis for this picture book from Daugherty, a Newbery-winning illustrator, which was first published in 1947. The book opens with Daugherty’s original foreword, as well as the address in its entirety, before moving on to 15 paintings that depict muscled pioneers settling the American West, the bloody toll of the Civil War, and events well beyond Lincoln’s time, up through WWII. The images have the heroic feel of WPA posters, as people from all backgrounds and ethnicities join together to embrace the hope and promise embodied in Lincoln’s speech. An afterword by Civil War scholar Gabor Boritt is new to this edition, as are brief guides to each painting. All ages. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
War has gone on for two long years with brother fighting against brother and many lives being lost. The great battle of Gettysburg is finally over and the dead have been buried. When the great orator Abraham Lincoln, then president of the United States, stood to recite a brief speech about the struggles of war and the losses families had experienced, the sacrifices they had made, it was just one more presidential speech. No one could have known, not even President Lincoln, that a hundred years from that moment, school children would be memorizing that speech as a great moment in history, especially the history of that war. Originally released in 1947, this pictorial edition from Albert Whitman and Company depicts the phrases of this great speech that lasted less than two minutes and was written on two pieces of paper, in the mural style of great paintings. Daugherty's award winning imagery of emotional scenes in rich color offers the reader a sense of the hope that was felt that day by the people who heard Lincoln's words. The 1947 foreword, written by Daugherty, speaks of the end of the Second World War and the strength of the Union as it has struggled from Plymouth Rock to Pearl Harbor. This new addition includes an Afterword by Gabor Boritt, a scholar on the Civil War, giving the reader greater insight into the events of that day and the few days prior, presenting to the reader a solemn, humble spirit in the nation's leader. For history buffs, this is a great gift idea, but libraries with a limited book budget may choose to invest in a volume that will present more information and less art. However, the mural style illustrations are repeated with discussion at the end of the text, following a historical print of the speech as it was written. This addition may add value for the art history collection. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
Gr 3–7—"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent …." Thus begins the two-minute speech that Lincoln delivered in 1863. His words stirred the hearts of those gathered at the cemetery in Gettysburg on that November day. Daugherty's pictorial interpretation of the speech will stir the hearts of modern readers as it did when the book was first published in 1947. The majestic artwork is filled with movement and bold swirls of color, bringing to mind the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Beginning with the Pilgrims in Plymouth and America's founding fathers of 1776, the artist takes readers through time, featuring historical figures, national symbols, and religious allusions as well as everyday people in portraits of key moments in American history. Lincoln appears in several of the illustrations. The speech is printed in an oversize, decorative font reflecting the importance of its timeless message of peace and unity. At the back of the book, the artist provides a brief interpretation of each painting. This updated edition includes a new afterword by Professor Gabor Boritt, Gettysburg College, setting the scene with background information about the day Lincoln delivered his address. History and art teachers will want this outstanding picture book in their collections.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Only a few presidential quotes or speeches have outlasted the test of time, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is probably the most famous and most significant. Originally published in 1947, this pictorial version has been updated with a new afterword by Gabor Boritt, a Civil War scholar, in time for the 150th anniversary of the speech. The original illustrations by Daugherty are brightly hued and hewn and dramatize the 15 sentences of Lincoln's speech with great vigor in a style evocative of Depression-era WPA murals. In another picture-book depiction, Michael McCurdy's black-and-white engravings (1995) contrast sharply and are forcefully composed, alternating between the action of battle and the quiet artifacts left behind. Daugherty's heroic tableaux attack the emotions with highly symbolic imagery. "A new nation conceived in liberty" depicts two men, black and white, raising a flag while another white man unshackles a beaten, scarred slave; on the right, a woman, her children and her frontiersman husband look on; above all, a bald eagle flies into the sun. The typeface accompanying Daugherty's art is large and stately, resembling chiseled letters and matching the text. In a valuable, additional feature following the afterword, 15 small-scale reproductions of Daugherty's interpretations appear above explanations of the imagery in each one. A vividly visual interpretation of a still-momentous speech. (reproduction of handwritten speech) (Picture book. 7 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807545508
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 809,923
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabor S. Boritt is the Robert Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. He is the author, co-author, or editor of sixteen books about Lincoln and the American Civil War. Boritt received the National Humanities Medal in 2008. He and his wife live on a farm near the Gettysburg Battlefield.

An influential twentieth century artist and illustrator, James Daugherty lived in Indiana, Ohio. In 1940, his book Daniel Boone won the Newbery Medal. His book Gillespie and the Guards won the Caldecott Honor in 1957. Daughtery passed away in 1974.

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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

By James Daugherty


Copyright © 2013 Albert Whitman and Company
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4804-2513-2


After the solemn prayer and two hours of Edward Everett's classic oratory composed for the occasion, Lincoln slowly rose, drew from his pocket two sheets of paper, and delivered the Gettysburg Address. He spoke for about two minutes. His ten sentences sounded native, direct, and clear after Everett's long, formal oratory.

"Lamon, this is a fat failure and the people are disappointed," Lincoln said gloomily to a friend after the ceremony, referring to his speech.

In happier mood the following day, he wrote in reply to Edward Everett's note of congratulation, "I am pleased to know that in your judgment the little I did say was not altogether a failure." Everett had written with fine sincerity and perception, "I should be glad if I could fatter myself that I came as near the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes."

The central idea — that was it. The thing that Lincoln could see and hold to through the red mists of war and the confusions of a dark and tragic time.

So much for the event — its time, sane, and actors.

Eighty years and more have passed sina Lincoln spoke so briefly under a gray November sky in 1863, standing beside the newly buried dead on that field of bitter victory. His words have become a lasting testament of sorrow and dedication for all battlefields.

For us today Gettysburg is not only the consecrated Pennsylvania acres. It is the sacred soil of torn Pacific islands where the white crosses stand in rows; the hills of North Africa; the beach-heads of Italy and France; the blasted mountain ridges taken and retaken; the skeleton cities won house by house; the battlefields of the deep sky and the strewn sea bottom. Gettysburg means all these, and more.

Again we have stood at the close of a great war, the most terrible in history, with the unfinished task before us. At a time when events, directions, and purposes seem confused and the path ahead clouded and obscure, Lincoln's words are clear, strong, comforting, eloquent of the central idea. The stupendous rush of history has not ignored, but expanded and enriched their deepest meanings.

Because we are the sons of many peoples, races, and nations fused into spiritual oneness by the frightful bloodletting of two world wars, America has been called to and anointed for spiritual leadership of the world in the great task ahead.

Our government in its framework is an inseparable union of forty-eight free and independent though not sovereign states, bound together in mutual consent; and a union one and indivisible. Because this is so, America today stands and shows forth not merely as a possible theory or blueprint; but a tested working example for world federation, pointing the way to permanent world peace that is not a mere truce between wars. It is significant that the three departments of the United Nations Charter correspond functionally to the three fundamental branches — legislative, executive, and judicial — of our great Constitution.

We pause and look back on the long road to freedom, or at the stretch we have come from Plymouth Rock to Pearl Harbor. In spite of the failures and the betrayals, the long delays and setbacks, we the people have not failed. Our voice has spoken out clear and strong the testament of liberty. We know the names — Roger Williams, Washington, Franklin, Paine, Jejferson, Whitman, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, Willkie. These are only a few in the long roll call that have "sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat."

Coming out of the native rank and file of America, Lincoln emerges as the archetype of democracy holding fast in darkest hour to the central idea — the Union — for if the Union fail, then democracy has failed.

After the blasts of wars, above the troubled clamor of uncertain peace, we are listening again to the voice of Gettysburg across the years. We hear the surging answer of the spirit of the people young and sure and strong: "We, the People of the United States, the American People, a new nation and race welded out of many peoples, faiths, hopes, tongues — we will keep our rendezvous with destiny. We will be there. We shall not fail."

James Daugherty

Weston Connecticut ]FOR


Excerpted from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by James Daugherty. Copyright © 2013 Albert Whitman and Company. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
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    LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by Gabor S. Boritt, Illustrated by: James Daugherty is a powerful children's book/history. Age range: 6 and up. *Note*Common Core State Standards:Informational Text: History. I loved this book. Very educational with beautiful illustrations. We can all use remainders of this important speech. A beautiful pictorial interpretation of the Gettysburg Address given by Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863. I would highly recommend this title not only for children but for educators,and everyone. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4.5


    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

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