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Author White, Ronald C. (Ronald Cedric), 1939-

Title Lincoln's greatest speech : the second inaugural / Ronald C. White, Jr.

Imprint New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2006.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  973.7 L638Dw 2006    ---  Available
Edition Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed.
Description 254 p., [8] pages of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Series Simon & Schuster Lincoln library
Note Originally published: 2002.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-237) and indexes.
Contents Handwritten text of the second inaugural -- Printed text of the second inaugural -- Inauguration Day -- "At this second appearing ..." -- "And the war came." -- " ... somehow, the cause of the war ..." -- "Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God ..." -- "The Almighty has His own purposes." -- " ... every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword ..." -- "With malice toward none; with charity for all ..." -- " ... better than anything I have produced, but ... it is not immediately popular." -- Epilogue -- Appendix I. The text of the second inaugural address -- Appendix II. Lincoln's "Little speech": letter to Albert G. Hodges -- Appendix III. Abraham Lincoln: "Meditation on the divine will."
Summary As the day for Lincoln's second inauguration drew near, Americans wondered what their sixteenth president would say about the Civil War. Would Lincoln guide the nation toward "Reconstruction"? What about the slaves? They had been emancipated, but what about the matter of suffrage? When Lincoln finally stood before his fellow countrymen on March 4, 1865, and had only 703 words to share, the American public was stunned. The President had not offered the North a victory speech, nor did he excoriate the South for the sin of slavery. Instead, he called the whole country guilty of the sin and pleaded for reconciliation and unity. In this compelling account, noted historian Ronald C. White Jr. shows how Lincoln's speech was initially greeted with confusion and hostility by many in the Union; commended by the legions of African Americans in attendance, abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass among them; and ultimately appropriated by his assassin John Wilkes Booth forty-one days later. Filled with all the facts and factors surrounding the Second Inaugural, Lincoln's Greatest Speech is both an important historical document and a thoughtful analysis of Lincoln's moral and rhetorical genius.
Subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Inauguration, 1865.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Oratory.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Writing skill.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. (OCoLC)fst00030184
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Inauguration.
Presidents -- United States -- Inaugural addresses.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- History and criticism.
Inauguration. (OCoLC)fst01198743
Oratory. (OCoLC)fst01047214
Presidents. (OCoLC)fst01075723
Speeches, addresses, etc., American. (OCoLC)fst01129325
Literary style. (OCoLC)fst01136323
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Public speaking.
-- Inaugural addresses. Presidents -- United States.
Chronological Term 1865
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 9780743299626 (pbk.)
0743299620 (pbk.)

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