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Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War: Selected Writings and Speeches
Letting Lincoln's eloquent voice speak for itself, editor Michael Johnson has collected more than 180 of the writings and speeches that illuminate Lincoln’s life and career, from his youth to his entry into Republican politics and through his presidency. Classics like the Kansas-Nebraska speech, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, and the Gettysburg Address, along with less famil...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 15th 2000 by Bedford/St. Martin's
(first published 2000)
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Apr 22, 2013 Elisa rated it it was ok · review of another edition
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t make it through this. After 100 pages I just couldn’t read anymore of the racist and conciliatory and compromising rhetoric. I’m not American and I don’t subscribe to the cult of Lincoln so that probably worked against me. The Gettysburg sparked a bit of hope in me that it might get better but the battle was already lost. I can’t imagine that I’ll open this up again, but who knows?
Upon first look Lincoln appears to be a complete racist. A deeper look at the documents contained in this book shows that he had slightly different messages for different groups of people. A true politician Lincoln knew he didn't have to say the same things to every audience, there was no 24 hours news cycle, no twitter, no way to make sure his story was always the same, and it wasn't.
Some people might hate me for saying this, but honestly this was so dry and boring. I had such a hard time getting through this book. And I know I'm not the only one. Many of my friends and peers felt the same way. I'm sorry to say that this book was very disappointing.
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 ...moreMore about Abraham Lincoln...