This Library of America volume collects writings from to 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. The speeches and letters Lincoln wrote in and show his unyielding opposition to the spread of slavery and his canny appraisals of the upcoming election in which he was to win the presidency. He was savagely criticized both for being too harsh and for being too mild.
The works of Abraham Lincoln preceding the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates illuminate the political career of one of our most courageous presidents and reveal his extraordinary gifts as a writer.
Covering the years tothis Library of America volume contains speeches, letters, drafts, and fragments that record his emergence as an eloquent anti-slavery advocate and defender of the Constitution. During his years as a lawyer, he argued hundreds of cases before judges and juries.
As a stump speaker, he became familiar with the ebb and flow of public sentiment. His public writings reveal his abilities as a party spokesman and orator, equally adept at articulating positions and ridiculing opponents. There are in addition more personal letters and poems that further testify to the complexities of his character.
This volume includes several speeches on the subject, notably from his Senate race against Stephen A. Douglas, along with the complete texts of their seven debates. The exchanges are marked by personal jibes, accusations of falsehood, appeals to human sympathies and racial prejudices, and profound disagreements on whether the spread of slavery was merely a local question or one that imperiled the future of free government.
Still the most famous confrontation in American political history, the debates have the tense drama of two powerful minds disagreeing with all the intensity that characterized mid-nineteenth-century American democracy. Fehrenbacher —volume editor, was professor of history at Stanford University.
He was the author of several books, including Prelude to Greatness: This Library of America series edition is printed on acid-free paper and features Smyth-sewn binding, a full cloth cover, and a ribbon marker.Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings – Edited by Don E.
Fehrenbacher “The Library of America in its reissue of American literary classics has been the most satisfying (and, I suspect, the most lasting) publishing event of my lifetime. Speeches and Writings – has ratings and 12 reviews. Abraham Lincoln, America’s heroic Civil War president, was also the greatest writer ever /5(12).
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