Although much has been written about Abraham Lincoln, there has been little rhetorical analysis of how this public man communicated with his listeners. Yet by studying his rhetoric closely, we can gain real insights into Lincoln as an orator, debater, jester, lawyer, statesman, leader, and president. This critical appraisal of his public speaking is linked to transcripts of some major speeches and to a chronology, bibliography, and an index. This useful one-volume reference is intended for students, scholars, and experts in communications and rhetoric, political science, and American studies and history.
Lois J. Einhorn presents a rhetorical analysis of Abraham Lincoln's speaking, defining his view toward public speaking, characteristics of his rhetoric, his use of humor, and the development of his various addresses while president. Texts of nine selected speeches are printed exactly. A short chronology of speeches, a selected bibliography of Lincoln as a speaker, and a general index complete this important new reference work.
About the Author
LOIS J. EINHORN is Associate Professor of Rhetoric at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She has written at length on public address and rhetorical theory and criticism. She is also a co-author of Effective Employment Interviewing: Unlocking Human Potential (1982).
Table of Contents
Halford Ryan, Foreword
A Rhetorical Analysis of Abraham Lincoln's Speaking
Lincoln Speaks about Speaking
Did Lincoln Practice What He Preached? Characteristics and Development of Lincoln's Speaking
No Laughing Matter: Lincoln's Use of Humor as a Rhetorical Device
Lincoln's First Inaugural: Peace and Sword
Evolving Rhetorical Stances on Emancipation
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: Immediate Failure and Lasting Success
Conclusion: The Making of a Legend
Lincoln Speaks Out: Texts of Selected Speeches
"House Divided Speech"
"Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions"
"Cooper Union Address"
"Farewell to Springfield"
"First Inaugural Address"
"Second Inaugural Address"
Chronology of Major Speeches
History in Motion: Selected Bibliography on Lincoln