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Abraham Lincoln was more than our greatest President and a fantastic wordsmith - he also had a penchant for humor, storytelling, homespun jokes, and parables. He used whimsy effectively as a lawyer and during his political career to negotiate policy, gain influence, and teach subtle moral lessons. His ability for self-depreciating humor and subtlety was a part of his effectiveness as an orator.
|Title: Abraham Lincoln's Humor|
By: John Grafton
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Dover Publications
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 2 pounds
Stock No: WW843630
Lincoln used homespun whimsy effectively as a traveling lawyer and later as a tool that helped him negotiate policy, gain influence, and teach subtle moral lessons. The joke was often on him: once when being accused of being two-faced, he responded: "If I had two faces, why would I be wearing this one?" Even longtime rival Stephen Douglas recognized the power of Lincoln's message and presentation, conceding that "When he begins to tell a story, I'm overmatched." To truly understand Lincoln, we must appreciate his witty style of communicating.
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