Lincoln: Speeches and Writings: 1859 - 1865
Lincoln: Speeches and Writings: 1859 - 1865  -     By: Abraham Lincoln
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Don E. Fehrenbacher, editor. Abraham Lincoln, America's heroic Civil War president, was also the greatest writer ever to occupy the White House. His addresses at Gettysburg and at his inaugurals, his presidential messages and public letters are an essential record of the Civil War and have forever shaped the nation's memories of it. This volume, the second of two, collects writings from 1859 to 1865 and contains speeches, messages, proclamations, letters, memoranda, and fragments. They record the words and deeds-the order to resupply Fort Sumter, the emancipation of the slaves held in the Confederacy, and proposals to offer the South generous terms of reconstruction-by which he hoped to defend and preserve the Union. A companion volume contains writings from 1832-1858. "A momentous and thrilling addition to any private library." -Alfred Kazin, The New York Times Book Review.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 800
Vendor: Penguin Random House
Dimensions: 8.12 X 5.10 X 1.41 (inches)
ISBN: 0940450631
ISBN-13: 9780940450639

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Abraham Lincoln was the greatest writer of the Civil War as well as its greatest political leader. His clear, beautiful, and at times uncompromisingly severe language forever shaped the nation’s
understanding of its most terrible conflict. This volume, along with its companion, Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832–1858, comprises the most comprehensive selection ever published. Over 550 speeches, messages, proclamations, letters, and other writings—including the Inaugural and Gettysburg addresses and the moving condolence letter to Mrs. Bixby—record the words and deeds with which Lincoln defended, preserved, and redefined the Union.

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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"The best selection of Lincoln’s writings available today, perhaps the best ever." —Christian Science Monitor

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