Abraham Lincoln: Speeches & Writings 1832-1858: Library of America #45

Abraham Lincoln: Speeches & Writings 1832-1858: Library of America #45

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Abraham Lincoln measured the promise—and cost—of American freedom in lucid and extraordinarily moving prose, famous for its native wit, simple dignity of expressions, and peculiarly American flavor. This volume, with its companion, Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writing 1859–1865, comprises the most comprehensive selection ever published. over 240 speeches, letters, and drafts take Lincoln from rural law practice to national prominence, and chart his emergence as an eloquent antislavery advocate and defender of the constitution. included are the complete Lincoln-Douglas debates, perhaps the most famous confrontation in American political history.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780940450431
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 10/28/1989
Series: Library of America Abraham Lincoln Edition Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 900
Sales rank: 815,752
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.14(h) x 1.41(d)

About the Author

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the sixteenth president of the United States, guiding the nation through the Civil War before becoming one of its final vicitims, assasinated at Ford's Theater in Washington on April 15, 1865, less than a week after the surrender of the Confederate army at Appomattox.

Don E. Fehrenbacher
 (1920-1997) was professor of history at Stanford University. He was the author of several books, including Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850'sThe Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics, and Lincoln in Text and Context.

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petescisco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good selection of primary source material that illuminates for the reader Lincoln's rhetorical development. Written with 19th century cadences and language, it may try the patience of some modern readers. But close attention pays off with a deeper appreciation of Lincoln's intellectual and oratorical gifts. Few if any contemporary politicians or speech writers measure up to the standard set here.