Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President

Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President

by Harold Holzer
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Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all of Lincoln's pre-Presidential speeches, the one he gave at New York City's Cooper Union in February 1860 stands out as the most historically significant: it made him president; it compelled the South to secede; and it saved the Union. And, yet, as Professor Holzer points out, this speech, while mentioned in history books, is rarely given the recognition it deserves. His comprehensive and readable 'Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President', rectifies this terrible oversight. This is not a step-by-step examination of Lincoln's references in, and the rhetorical craftsmanship of, the speech, although those are explored thoroughly. The book also explores the heretofore unacknowledged campaigning savvy that Lincoln possessed. He knew he had to come to Gotham to convince the Eastern Republicans of his credibility. He knew the importance of the local newspaper printers, like Bryant and Greeley. He understood the importance of having a visual aid, like a Matthew Brady photograph. But, most important, as Professor Holzer takes great pains to reveal, Lincoln did not want to appear to be an abolitionist. That would border on radicalism which would be a guarantee of defeat. As a bonus, 'Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President', presents us with a unique view of 1860 New York: the thieves at the docks; the 'mass transit' of the age; the hunger for entertainment, of which political speeches were a significant part; the elegance and extravagance of the rich; and the desperation of the Five Points poor. 'Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President' is a wonderful book that will please anyone interested in American History, New York City, or oratory. And Professor Holzer deserves our thanks for making it so fascinating. It only reflects his own passion for the subject.
airman732 More than 1 year ago
Another great book by the Lincoln-expert, Harold Holzer. This book provides further insight into the genius of Abraham Lincoln. His political skills and his communication skills seem to have had no limits. The more I read about Lincoln, the more I want to know. Holzer also gives the reader a feel for Lincoln, the man. Holzer's descriptions of Lincoln walking the streets of New York City, and meeting Matthew Brady at Brady's studio, help to bring Lincoln to life. Also, check out Sam Waterston's (of "Law and Order" fame) portrayal of Lincoln at Cooper Union on c-span.org's Video Library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives a great break down of Lincoln's approach to a critical speech and lets the reader understand how smart Lincoln truely was. Anyone wanting to gain a more indepth understanding of our best President should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago