The Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521145732
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to American Studies
  • Pages: 235
  • Sales rank: 1,398,339
  • 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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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of contributors; Chronology; Introduction; 1. Rhetorically Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln and oratorical culture Ivy Wilson; 2. Abraham Lincoln and poetry Faith Barrett; 3. Seeing Lincoln: visual encounters Carol Payne; 4. The Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Stephen Cushman; 5. Lincoln and the natural nation Timothy Sweet; 6. Abraham Lincoln and the American Indians Bethany Schneider; 7. Abraham Lincoln and the self-governing constitution Deak Nabers; 8. Abraham Lincoln and spiritual crisis Harold K. Bush; 9. Lincoln and England during the Civil War Paul Giles; 10. Lincoln in international memory Betsy Erkkila; 11. Lincoln in hemispheric relations Robert Fanuzzi; 12. Lincoln and the calling of the dead Anne Norton; Guide to further reading; Index.

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