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Lincoln's writings are testaments of our history, windows into his enigmatic personality, and resonant examples of the writer's art. The Portable Abraham Lincoln contains the great public speeches - the first debate with Stephen Douglas, the "House Divided" speech, the Gettysburg Address, the Second Inaugural Address - along with less familiar letters and memoranda that chart Lincoln's political career, his evolving stand against slavery, and his day-to-day conduct of the Civil War. This edition includes a revised introduction, updated notes on the text, a chronology of Lincoln's life, and four new selections of his writing.

In a space small enough to be toured by the general reader but large enough to contain the central utterances of Lincoln's life, this collection of his speeches and letters aims to present the president through his own voice and expression. Features the "House Divided" speech, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and 75 other selections.

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This abbreviated edition of Lincoln speeches, letters, and notes brings the man ready to hand. Drawn from the fuller Library of America collection 1989, this collection shows Lincoln at work in law, politics, and war. All the great Lincoln works are here, with the added bonus of several personal memos that show Lincoln's humor. Reviled in life but revered in death, Lincoln has become the singlemost important American public writer: his words recalling those ``mystic chords of memory'' that bind Americans to the Declaration of Independence as the seedbed for all definitions of freedom ring true today in a post-Cold War World. Larger libraries will prefer the fuller Lincoln editions for their shelves, and general readers will find much the same fare in the recent collection, Lincoln on Democracy LJ 10/15/91, compiled by Mario Cuomo, but Delbanco's intelligent selection will also help us ``get right with Lincoln'' and appreciate how the prairie lawyer became the poet of American democracy.-- Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140170313
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Series: Viking Portable Library Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Abraham Lincoln

Andrew Delbanco was born in 1952. Educated at Harvard, he has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He writes frequently on American culture for many national journals and papers, and  has co-directed a number of seminars for high school and college teachers at the National Endowment for the Humanities Center and under the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Among his previous works are The Death of Satan, Required Reading, A New England Anthology, and The Puritan Ordeal, which received the 1990 Lionel Trilling Award at Columbia University, where he is Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities. Mr. Delbanco lives in New York City with his wife and two children. 

Andrew Delbanco was born in 1952. Educated at Harvard, he has lectured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He writes frequently on American culture for many national journals and papers, and  has co-directed a number of seminars for high school and college teachers at the National Endowment for the Humanities Center and under the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Among his previous works are The Death of Satan, Required Reading, A New England Anthology, and The Puritan Ordeal, which received the 1990 Lionel Trilling Award at Columbia University, where he is Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities. Mr. Delbanco lives in New York City with his wife and two children. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction Andrew Delbanco Delbanco, Andrew

The Emergence of Lincoln 1

To the People of Sangamo County, Mar. 9, 1832 5

Letter to Mrs. Orville H. Browning, Apr. 1, 1838 9

Letter to Joshua F. Speed, June 19, 1841 12

Address to the Young Men's Lyceum of

Springfield, Illinois, Jan. 27, 1838 17

Handbill Replying to Charges of Infidelity, July 31, 1846 27

Letter to William H. Herndon, Feb. 1, 1848 28

Letter to Mary Todd Lincoln, Apr. 16, 1848 30

Fragment on Niagara Falls (late Sept. 1848?) 32

Notes on the Practice of Law (1850?) 33

Lincoln Becomes a Republican 37

Fragment on Slavery (1854?) 41

Speech on the Kansas-Nebraska Act at Peoria, Illinois, Oct. 16, 1854 41

Letter to George Robertson, Aug. 15, 1855 82

Letter to Joshua F. Speed, Aug. 24, 1855 83

Speech on the Dred Scott Decision at Springfield, Illinois, June 26, 1857 87

"House Divided" Speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 16, 1858 100

Fragment on the Struggle Against Slavery (c. July 1858) 109

Speech at Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 1858 110

First Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Ottawa, Illinois, Aug. 21, 1858 130

Letter to W. H. Wells, Jan. 8, 1859 172

Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions, Jacksonville, Illinois, Feb. 11, 1859 173

Address to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sept. 30, 1859 181

The Presidential Campaign 193

Address at Cooper Institute, New York City, Feb. 27, 1860 197

Letter to Cornelius F. McNeill, Apr. 6, 1860 217

"Whiskers" Letter to Grace Bedell, Oct. 19, 1860 218

Secession and the Coming of the War 219

Passage Written for Lyman Trumbull's Speech at Springfield, Illinois, Nov. 20,1860 223

Letter to Alexander H. Stephens, Dec. 22,1860 224

Farewell Address at Springfield, Illinois, Feb. 11, 1861 224

Speech at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Feb. 22, 1861 225

First Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1861 226

Letter to Gen. Winfield Scott, Mar. 9, 1861 235

Letter to Gen. Winfield Scott, Apr. 1, 1861 236

Letter to Secretary of State William H. Seward, Apr. 1, 1861 236

Letter to Gen. Winfield Scott, Apr. 25, 1861 237

Letter to Gen. Winfield Scott, Apr. 27, 1861 238

Letter to Ephraim D. and Phoebe Ellsworth, May 25, 1861 239

Message to Congress in Special Session, July 4, 1861 240

Commander in Chief 257

Letter to Gen. John C. Fremont, Sept. 2, 1861 261

Message to Congress, Mar. 6, 1862 262

Letter to Gideon Welles, Mar. 10, 1862 263

Letter to Horace Greeley, Mar. 24, 1862 264

Address on Colonization to a Committee of Colored Men, Washington, D.C., Aug. 14, 1862 265

Letter to Horace Greeley, Aug. 22, 1862 270

Meditation on the Divine Will (c. early Sept. 1862) 271

Proclamation Suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Sept. 24, 1862 271

Letter to Gen. George B. McClellan, Oct. 13, 1862 272

Letter to Gen. George B. McClellan, Oct. 24, 1862 275

Memorandum on Furloughs, Nov. 1862 275

Letterto Carl Schurz, Nov. 24, 1862 275

Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862 277

Message to the Army of the Potomac, Dec. 22, 1862 299

Final Emancipation Proclamation, Jan. 1, 1863 300

Letter to Gen. Joseph Hooker, Jan. 26, 1863 302

Letter to Erastus Corning and Others, June 12, 1863 303

Letter to Samuel P. Lee, July 4, 1863 312

Letter to Gen. George G. Meade, July 14, 1863 313

Order of Retaliation, July 30, 1863 314

Letter to Dr. John P. Gray, Sept. 10, 1863 315

Approval of Sentence of David M. Wright, Oct. 7, 1863 316

Letter to Gen. John G. Foster, Oct. 17, 1863 316

Opinion on the Draft (c. mid-Sept. 1863) 317

Letter to Gen. George G. Meade, Oct. 12, 1863 322

Memorandum on Testing Diller's Powder (Nov. 2, 1863, or after) 322

Address at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Nov. 19, 1863 323

Letter to Gov. Edward Everett, Nov. 20, 1863 324

Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, Dec. 8, 1863 325

Amnesty for Emily T. Helm, Dec. 14, 1863 328

Letter to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Feb. 1, 1864 329

Letter to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Feb. 5, 1864 329

Letter to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Mar. 1, 1864 329

Letter to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Mar. 18, 1864 330

Letter to Albert G. Hodges, Apr. 4, 1864 330

Draft of Address for Sanitary Fair at Baltimore, Maryland (before Apr. 18, 1864) 332

Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland, Apr. 18, 1864 333

Letter to Sen. Charles Sumner, May 19, 1864 336

Letter to Charles D. Robinson, Aug. 17, 1864 336

Fate 339

Memorandum on Probable Failure of Re-election, Aug. 23, 1864 343

Draft of Letter to Isaac M. Schermerhorn, Sept. 12, 1864 343

Response to Serenade, Washington, D.C., Nov. 10, 1864 344

Letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, Nov. 21, 1864 346

Letter to John Phillips, Nov. 21,1864 347

Reply to a Southern Woman (Dec. 6, 1864, or before) 347

Second Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1865 348

Letter to Thurlow Weed, Mar. 15,1865 350

Speech to the 140th Indiana Regiment, Washington, D.C., Mar. 17, 1865 350

Response to Serenade, Washington, D.C., Apr. 10, 1865 352

Speech on Reconstruction, Washington, D.C., April, 1865 352

Memorandum Concerning Passes to Richmond, Apr. 13 or 14, 1865 357

Biographical List of Lincoln's Correspondents 359

Index 363

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