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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfe ...more
Hardcover, 898 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Library of America (first published December 28th 1968)
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Hock Tjoa
Nothing that I have ever read is as sobering and inspiring as the letters and speeches of President Lincoln. Is it possible that he had only two years of schooling? Can it be that he was driven to run for president even in those times? When Mrs. Douglass, widow of the man who debated him, applied for a safe conduct to go back to Virginia, he replied with grace and delicacy assuring her that he would do anything she needed but raised the question whether it would be helpful to her to have such a ...more
Luther Wilson
Lincoln is an interesting man to approach. Right now I'm using this volume as the way to read the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and it's an amazing snapshot of the country at the time. Also, Lincoln is an amazing writer, when he wants to be, as some of his letters and written speeches prove. This & the companion volume are perfect for my needs, as far as being able to sample large parts of Lincoln's writings.
Jesse Broussard
Truly astonishing. The prevalence of racism is staggering. His simple assumption is that the slaves are obviously inferior and should be removed not so that they would be freed, but so that they would never end up mixing with any Americans stupid enough to marry them. Ouch.
Lincoln Speeches and Writings 1832-1858

The writings and speeches in this book mostly focus on slavery issues – the profound struggle of the American conscience in the 1850s (and continuing today)– including the Missouri Compromise, the Kansas Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott decision.

Lincoln’s view on African Americans were still “evolving.” Slavery was an evil, Lincoln proclaimed, and should not spread to the new territories, although it may stay in the existing southern states where hopefully
Even after reading the letters and speeches here and from later in his life, Lincoln remains inscrutable and aggravating. When digging into his writing, I found it almost impossible to tell when to take him at face value, and when to try and read between the lines. Even reading the old standards like the Gettysburg Address or the Cooper Union speech, I found myself just utterly mystified by what exactly he was or wasn't trying to say or imply. On one level, I kind of want to hate him for being s ...more
Joyce Lagow
As far as I'm concerned, this is not a book to "start" or "finish"; I read rather selectively, as I come across references to or quotes from Lincoln's early speeches and letters. Reading the entire speech or letter is very well worth while rather than just depending on a memorable quote such as the one for "a house divided against itself". Lincoln was an excellent writer, who worked hard on his speeches, and it shows.[return][return]This volume is a collection of speeches and letters from the 26 ...more
Dec 15, 2008 Donna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in Lincoln
Recommended to Donna by: George Anastaplo
This is a collection of Lincoln's speeches and letters. The best way to get to know this man is through is own words. I was impressed by how consistent he was in his views on slavery through the entire course of this political era. From his first public statements on the slavery he said it was immoral and unjust, we can't remove it in the states where it exists, it shouldn't be allowed to spread into the territories, slavery should be put on the course of ultimate extinction. For 30+ years (thro ...more
Tiah Keever
Assigned for Tony Wolk's Lincoln and Literature class, I have only got so far into this tome, but I aim to read it all before my life is over. Hopefully there will be time for that. It's writings that Lincoln did throughout his life that have been documented. Letters, speeches, etc.
Abraham Lincoln was most likely the best president this country will ever have so it's a good idea to read what he wrote. He was even one of the best political leaders ever, kind of like The Beatles are one of the be
I guess it sounds old hat to say how bright and clever and funny he was and reading his letters and speeches made those qualities and him real for me, and I feel like I got a glimpse of the time in which he lived. As one of the listeners called out during the Lincoln-Douglas debates, I could listen to him all day.
While many of the letters etc. are not fascinating. Reading Lincoln's speeches in their entirety gives a fascinating picture of who Lincoln was and what he stood for.
Jeri Sue
Superb! Clearly a political and economic genius. And an amazing war strategist whose counsel and direction should have been followed.
Worth it just to read the 1854 Peoria speech. Far and away the best book I've read in years.
Nov 18, 2008 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Aaron by: Barack Obama, via television
Certainly the President-Elect writes a good speech. Here now, a true master.
I read bits and pieces. I enjoyed his speech on the Mexican War.
Preston Malone
Only read parts, but those were informative of the man
Mary Tuley
Aug 20, 2007 Mary Tuley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody.
Where's his voice today? We need him.
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