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The Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln
     

The Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln

by Shirley Samuels
 

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Abraham Lincoln's stature as an American cultural figure grows from his political legacy. In today's milieu, the speeches he delivered as the sixteenth president of the United States have become synonymous with American progress, values, and exceptionalism. But what makes Lincoln's language so effective? Highlighting matters of style, affect, nationalism, and

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Abraham Lincoln's stature as an American cultural figure grows from his political legacy. In today's milieu, the speeches he delivered as the sixteenth president of the United States have become synonymous with American progress, values, and exceptionalism. But what makes Lincoln's language so effective? Highlighting matters of style, affect, nationalism, and history in nineteenth-century America, this collection examines the rhetorical power of Lincoln's prose - from the earliest legal decision, stump speeches, anecdotes, and letters to the Gettysburg Address and the lingering power of the Second Inaugural Address. Through careful analysis of his correspondence with Civil War generals and his early poetry, the contributors, all literary critics, give readers a unique look into Lincoln's private life. Their essays also examine Lincoln's language in a larger sphere, including that of the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as Europe. Such a collection enables teachers, students, and readers of American history to assess the impact of this extraordinary writer - and rare politician - on the world's stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521145732
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/23/2012
Series:
Cambridge Companions to American Studies Series
Pages:
235
Sales rank:
1,394,248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Samuels works with the American Studies program and the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Cornell University. She has taught at Princeton, Brandeis and the University of Delaware. She has had fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Huntington Library and the Library Company of Philadelphia. In addition to journal articles and chapters in books, she is author of Reading the American Novel: 1780-1865 (2012), Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War (2004) and Romances of the Republic: Women, the Family, and Violence in the Literature of the Early American Nation (1996). She is editor of the Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865 (2004) and The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America (1992).

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