This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln

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The most eloquent president in our history, Abraham Lincoln's literary ability was extraordinary. In This Fiery Trial, William E. Gienapp has brought together more than one hundred pieces by Lincoln, ranging from his first published political statement, printed in the Sangamo Journal in 1832, to his final public address, delivered just before his assassination.

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The most eloquent president in our history, Abraham Lincoln's literary ability was extraordinary. In This Fiery Trial, William E. Gienapp has brought together more than one hundred pieces by Lincoln, ranging from his first published political statement, printed in the Sangamo Journal in 1832, to his final public address, delivered just before his assassination.

Here are some of the greatest speeches in American history, including the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address. Other pieces include Lincoln's "A House Divided" speech to the Republican State convention in 1858, excerpts from his famed debates with Stephen Douglas, and the text of the Emancipation Proclamation. The writings provide a documentary account of Lincoln's thought and how it evolved over time. Students can trace, for instance, how his thoughts on slavery and emancipation changed through the course of the war, from a rather limited view (free slaves for military purposes only) to his ringing endorsement of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery forever. Gienapp has provided detailed introductory headnotes for each piece, and the book includes an extensive chronology of Lincoln's life.

Often eloquent, frequently amusing, and occasionally profound, these writings offer an intimate portrait of Lincoln -- in his own words.

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Not taking much stock in the genre, Lincoln tried to shield himself from biography by guarding his private self and carefully crafting his public words and image. Of course, so complex a man, who came to embody America in its ordeal by fire, has attracted scores of biographers hoping to solve the ultimate American enigma. Now Gienapp, author of the acclaimed Origins of the Republican Party, enters the crowded field. This biography neatly synthesizes much recent scholarship and makes Lincoln believable as a president struggling to defend the Union and define freedom. Rather than inventing a Lincoln psyche or persona, as some biographers have done, or trading in oft-recycled Lincoln myths, Giennap goes back to the primary sources to discover a Lincoln who was simultaneously principled and practical, confident of his ability to persuade (though too much so in dealing with generals) and assured in making policy (he was a loner who relied on his own judgment). He does not find the source of Lincoln's enormous ambition, but he does show why Lincoln etched his thought and character into Americans' understanding of themselves. In the public speeches Gienapp gathers in This Fiery Trail, the clarity and cadences of Lincoln's language resound. It is a most apt collection, useful to teachers and anyone wanting to know why Lincoln was our herald. These books in tandem are an excellent way to get hold of Lincoln. Highly recommended. Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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"With a connoisseur's eye, William Gienapp has chosen from Lincoln's speeches and writings. Some of the selections will be familiar to readers; others less so. But all demonstrate Lincoln's power as a writer as well as his ability to summarize the issues of his time. With his own profound understanding of the sixteenth president, Gienapp has placed them in context with his brief introductions. The result is nothing less than the public story of Abraham Lincoln told in his own words, from its beginnings in Sangamo County in the 1830s to its end in Washington in 1865."— Jean H. Baker, Elizabeth Todd Professor at Goucher College, and author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195151060
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/1/1902
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William E. Gienapp is Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author of the award-winning Origins of the Republican Party, co-author of one of the best-selling college texts for American history, Nation of Nations, and editor of The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: "Not much of me," Autobiography, December 20, 1859 1
I "Peculiar Ambition," 1831-1853
"I am young and unknown," Communication to the People of Sangamo County, March 9, 1832 5
"I shall be governed by their will," Letter to the Editor of the Sangamo Journal, June 13, 1836 7
"Founded on both injustice and bad policy," Protest in the Illinois Legislature on Slavery, March 3, 1837 8
"Cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason," Speech to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, January 27, 1838 9
"Bow to it I never will," Speech on the Subtreasury, December 26, 1839 13
"The most miserable man living," Letter to John T. Stuart, January 23, 1841 15
"An evil tree can not bring forth good fruit," Letter to Williamson Durley, October 3, 1845 16
"I am not a member of any ... Church," Handbill Addressed to the Voters of the Seventh Congressional District, July 31, 1846 18
"No one man should hold the power," Letter to William Herndon, February 15, 1848 19
"I like the letters very much," Letter to Mary Todd Lincoln, April 16, 1848 20
"Resolve to be honest," Notes for a law lecture, July 1, 1850? 22
"More painful than pleasant," Letter to John D. Johnston, January 12, 1851 24
II "Half Slave and Half Free," 1854-1860
"The legitimate object of government," Fragment on government, July 1, 1854? 27
"Our republican robe is soiled," Speech at Peoria, October 16, 1854 28
"Where I now stand," Letter to Joshua Speed, August 24, 1855 34
"Can we not come together, for the future," Speech at a Republican banquet, December 10, 1856 37
"All the powers of earth seem rapidly combining against him" Speech in Springfield, June 26, 1857 39
"A question of interest," Fragment on slavery, 1857-1858? 42
"A house divided," Speech to the Republican state convention, June 16, 1858 43
"Construed so differently from any thing intended by me," Letter to John L. Scripps, June 23, 1858 51
"Public sentiment is every thing," Notes for speeches, August 1858 52
"Blowing out the moral lights around us," First debate, at Ottawa, August 21, 1858 55
"The social and political equality of the ... races," Fourth debate, at Charleston, September 18, 1858 57
"A moral, a social and a political wrong," Sixth debate, at Quincy, October 13, 1858 58
"The eternal struggle between ... right and wrong" Seventh debate, at Alton, October 15, 1858 60
"For, and not against the Union," Last speech of the campaign, October 30, 1858 67
"Opens the way for all," Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, September 30, 1859 68
"Right makes might," Speech at the Cooper Union, February 27, 1860 71
"I am not the first choice of ... many," Letter to Samuel Galloway, March 24, 1860 81
"The taste is in my mouth," Letter to Lyman Trumbull, April 29, 1860 82
"I accept the nomination," Letter to George Ashmun, May 23, 1860 83
"A piece of silly affection," Letter to Grace Bedell, October 19, 1860 84
III "The Perpetuity of Popular Government," 1860-1861
"The tug has to come," Letter to Lyman Trumbull, December 10, 1860 85
"There is no cause for such fears," Letter to Alexander H. Stephens, December 22, 1860 86
"It is the end of us," Letter to James T. Hale, January 11, 1861 86
"An affectionate farewell," Farewell Address at Springfield, February 11, 1861 87
"The Union ... is perpetual," First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 88
"To suppress said combinations," Proclamation calling the militia, April 15, 1861 97
"The most prompt, and efficient means," Letter to Winfield Scott, April 25, 1861 98
"A People's contest," Message to Congress, July 4, 1861 99
"Constantly drilled, disciplined, and instructed," Memoranda of military policy suggested by the Bull Run defeat, July 23, 27, 1861 107
"To conform to ... the act of Congress," Letter to John C. Fremont, September 2, 1861 108
"I cannot assume this reckless position," Letter to Orville H. Browning, September 22, 1861 109
"For a vast future also," Message to Congress, December 3, 1861 111
"Grumbling despatches and letters," Letter to David Hunter, December 31, 1861 115
IV "We Cannot Escape History," 1862
"Making our advantage an over-match for his," Letter to Don Carlos Buell, January 13, 1862 117
"Gradual ... emancipation, is better for all," Message to Congress, March 6, 1862 118
"But you must act," Letter to George McClellan, April 9, 1862 120
"Questions ... I reserve to myself," Proclamation revoking General Hunter's order of emancipation, May 19, 1862 122
"I expect to maintain this contest," Letter to William H. Seward, June 28, 1862 124
"The incidents of the war can not be avoided," Appeal to the border state representatives, July 12, 1862 125
"Leaving any available card unplayed," Letter to Reverdy Johnson, July 26, 1862 127
"A single half-defeat," Letter to Agenor-Etienne de Gasparin, August 4, 1862 128
"The ban is still upon you," Address on colonization, August 14, 1862 130
"I would save the Union," Letter to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862 134
"The will of God prevails," Meditation on divine will, September 2?, 1862 135
"Shall be ... thenceforward, and forever free," Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862 136
"The Writ of Habeas Corpus is suspended," Proclamation, September 24, 1862 137
"Breath alone kills no rebels," Letter to Hannibal Hamlin, September 28, 1862 138
"If we never try, we shall never succeed," Letter to George McClellan, October 13, 1862 139
"I do not see that their superiority of success has been so marked," Letter to Carl Schurz, November 10, 1862 141
"The last best, hope of earth," Message to Congress, December 1, 1862 143
"In this sad world of ours," Letter to Fanny McCullough, December 23, 1862 150
V "A New Birth of Freedom," 1863
"Are, and henceforth shall be free," Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863 151
"Broken eggs can not be mended," Letter to John A. McClernand, January 8, 1863 153
"I will risk the dictatorship," Letter to Joseph Hooker, January 26, 1863 154
"There is no eligible route for us into Richmond," Memorandum on Joseph Hooker's plan of campaign against Richmond, ca. April 6-10, 1863 155
"Constantly denounced and opposed," Letter to Isaac Arnold, May 26, 1863 156
"Lee's Army ... is your true objective point," Letter to Joseph Hooker, June 10, 1863 157
"Indispensable to the public Safety," Letter to Erastus Corning, June 12, 1863 158
"Few things are so troublesome," Letter to William Kellogg, June 29, 1863 165
"You were right, and I was wrong," Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, July 13, 1863 166
"I am distressed immeasureably," Letter to George G. Meade, July 14, 1863 167
"The same protection to all its soldiers," Order, July 30, 1863 169
"I can not consent to suspend the draft," Letter to Horatio Seymour, August 7, 1863 170
"It works doubly," Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, August 9, 1863 171
"I am not watching you with an evil-eye," Letter to William S. Rosecrans, August 10, 1863 172
"A fair specimen of what has occurred to me through life," Letters to James H. Hackett, August 17, November 2, 1863 174
"The heaviest blow yet dealt to the rebellion," Letter to James C. Conkling, August 26, 1863 175
"Give up all footing upon constitution or law," Letter to Salmon P. Chase, September 2, 1863 179
"An idea I have been trying to repudiate for quite a year," Letter to Henry W. Halleck, September 19, 1863 180
"Quarrel not at all," Letter to James M. Cutts, Jr., October 26, 1863 181
"Give me a tangible nucleus," Letter to Nathaniel P. Banks, November 5, 1863 182
"A new birth of freedom," Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863 183
VI "Events Have Controlled Me," 1863-1864
"The new reckoning," Message to Congress, December 8, 1863 185
"A full pardon," Proclamation of amnesty and reconstruction, December 8, 1863 189
"The jewel of liberty," Letter to Michael Hahn, March 13, 1864 193
"If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong," Letter to Albert G. Hodges, April 4, 1864 193
"The world has never had a good definition of ... liberty," Address at Sanitary Fair, April 18, 1864 196
"I wish not to obtrude any constraints ... upon you," Letter to Ulysses S. Grnat, April 30, 1864 198
"Not best to swap horses when crossing streams," Reply to delegation from the National Union League, June 9, 1864 199
"Unprepared ... to be inflexibly committed to any single plan," Proclamation concerning reconstruction, July 8, 1864 199
"Will be received and considered," Letter "To Whom it may concern," July 18, 1864 201
"Not ... an entirely impartial judge," Letter to John McMahon, August 6, 1864 201
"Hold on with a bull-dog gripe," Telegram to Ulysses S. Grant, August 17, 1864 202
"The curses of Heaven," Letter to Charles D. Robinson, August 17, 1864 202
"Equal privileges in the race of life," Speech to One Hundred Sixty-sixth Ohio Regiment, August 22, 1864 204
"This Administration will not be re-elected," Memorandum, August 23, 1864 205
"Go far towards losing the whole Union cause," Letter to William T. Sherman, September 19, 1864 206
"I am struggling to maintain the government, not to overthrow it," Response to a serenade, October 19, 1864 206
"The election was a necessity," Response to a serenade, November 10, 1864 208
VII "To Bind up the Nation's Wounds," 1864-1865
"So costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom," Letter to Lydia Bixby, November 21, 1864 211
"An issue which can only be ... decided by victory," Message to Congress, December 6, 1864 212
"The honor is all yours," Letter to William T. Sherman, December 26, 1864 216
"Time ... is more important than ever before," Letter to Edwin Stanton, January 5, 1865 217
"My son ... wishes to see something of the war," Letter to Ulysses S. Grant, January 19, 1865 217
"Three things are indispensable," Letter to William H. Seward, January 31, 1865 218
"A King's cure for all the evils," Response to a serenade, February 1, 1865 219
"With charity for all," Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865 220
"A truth which I thought needed to be told," Letter to Thurlow Weed, March 15, 1865 222
"Let the thing be pressed," Telegram to Ulysses S. Grant, April 7, 1865 222
"No exclusive, and inflexible plan can safely be prescribed," Speech, April 11, 1865 223
Chronology of Abraham Lincoln 229
Selected Bibliography 233
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