Selected Speeches and Writings

Selected Speeches and Writings Ranging from finely honed legal argument to dry and sometimes savage humor to private correspondence and political rhetoric of unsurpassed grandeur the writings collected in this volume are at once t

  • Title: Selected Speeches and Writings
  • Author: Abraham Lincoln Gore Vidal
  • ISBN: 9780679737315
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ranging from finely honed legal argument to dry and sometimes savage humor to private correspondence and political rhetoric of unsurpassed grandeur, the writings collected in this volume are at once the literary testament of the greatest writer ever to occupy the White House and a documentary history of America in Abraham Lincoln s time They record Lincoln s campaigns forRanging from finely honed legal argument to dry and sometimes savage humor to private correspondence and political rhetoric of unsurpassed grandeur, the writings collected in this volume are at once the literary testament of the greatest writer ever to occupy the White House and a documentary history of America in Abraham Lincoln s time They record Lincoln s campaigns for public office the evolution of his stand against slavery his pyrotechnic debates with Stephen Douglas his conduct of the Civil War and the great public utterances of his presidency, including the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address.For the first time, the authoritative editions of works by major American novelists, poets, scholars, and essayists collected in the hardcover volumes of The Library of America are being published singly in a series of handsome paperback books A distinguished writer has contributed an introduction for each volume, which also includes a chronology of the author s life and career, an essay on the text, and notes.

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  • Abraham Lincoln Gore Vidal

    Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1861 until his assassination As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery in the United States, Lincoln won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected president later that year During his term, he helped preserve the United States by leading the defeat of the secessionist Confederate States of America in the American Civil War He introduced measures that resulted in the abolition of slavery, issuing his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865.

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  • In the Age of Charlatans and Trump ("Not Good!" "Loser!" "Sad!"), we need to revisit the thoughtful and measured words of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was a man of sorrows who suffered, cried, and bled for each wise word. Friendship.I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearths [...]


  • This book is also another I only read a bit of for schoolwork. I liked what I read and maybe someday I'll go back and read the rest. From this work you can clearly see Abraham Lincoln was a well talented speaker. The Gettysburg Address was the most interesting and moving to read. I loved it!



  • I decided upon this book to learn more about Lincoln the writer, not Lincoln the man. I can say with confidence it is a wonderful tool if other readers decide to follow the same course that I did. If instead they want to better know Lincoln the man and the arc of his thought, this book may suffice, but I myself cannot provide the assurance.By near every account Lincoln today is heralded the most eloquent American president; perhaps also the most fluent prose writer in American history. The secon [...]


  • Forged from his soul some less obscure version of the Great American Dream; felt the call of grace deep within; saw destiny before him always clearly as the sky; watched as Southern son and Northern boy stained field after field with one another's blood.Who would deny that 600,000 dead bodies is the want of democracy, not its achievement? Yet I still believe that America's Democratic Futures will result from some more obscure portion of his greatness. Do not become enamored of Lincoln, for if we [...]


  • I admit it, in a totally geeky way, I'm looking forward to these*EDIT*I hesitate to say anything about Lincoln because so many people think he was just sooooo wonderfulIt was okay. He was sort of funny, sometimes, but not very often. I think I disagree with his argument against the South secession. I mean, the American Revolution could be argued against by the same standardsAnd it feels like there are "good racist people" and "bad racist people".


  • This is a good reference book, especially on the political history of the relevant period (1830 - 1865)of the USA. The policies of Abraham Lincoln stood and won mostly on their inherent merits. They did not need much manipulation and cunningness. Abraham Lincoln gives the impression of a plain speaker of his mind. Perhaps that did the trick.


  • Selected Speeches and Writing by Abraham Lincoln shows the inside of one of the greatest Americans ever, through his letters and speeches. It shows his thinking before attempts at legislation. A wonderful man well before his time.I rated the book four stars because some of the letters are mundane and could have been left out for a tighter picture. The introduction by Gore Vidal is top notch.


  • What should you do when faced with a moral wrong that is protected by a constitution you are determined to uphold? That tension permeated these speeches and letters. I don't think we get a decisive answer, but we get to observe a smart, articulate, and principled person attempt the navigation. I respect him more after reading this book.


  • It is fascinating to be able to read Lincoln's original words and I have learnt a lot by doing so. I will be dipping into this book from time to time, as I pursue my obsession with Lincoln and the Civil War period.


  • Lincoln is a giant in American history, and after reading this book I see that his reputation is well-deserved. His letters and his speeches show a man of compassion, of sense, and with great qualities of leadership.


  • It is amazing to read his speeches and writings from 1850-1870. Heard th Elgin Symphony do the Gettysburg Address set to music. Thought 'this is going to be boring' and ended up enraptured by the words. Reading the Hiuse Divided speech and moving into the Lincoln-Douglas debates.


  • Probably only read about 100 pages of the 400+ and that was more than enough for now. Lincoln loved the Union more than anything else and justified his actions based on that supreme allegiance. He opened the door for more Federal power and we reap some of that rotten fruit today.






  • Necessary for the library and the appreciation of the writing skill of the most fascinating character.


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