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 familiar writings — poignant letters to individual voters, notes to generals on military strategy, and stirring public speeches — show the development of Lincoln's thought on free labor, slavery, secession, the Civil War, and emancipation. Johnson provides historical context by weaving an engaging narrative around Lincoln’s own words, making this volume the most accessible collection of Lincoln’s writings available. Also included are 14 illustrations, relevant Civil War maps, a Lincoln chronology, reading questions, a bibliography, and an index.
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Michael P. Johnson is professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. His publications include Toward a Patriarchal Republic: The Secession of Georgia (1977), No Chariot Let Down: Charleston's Free People of Color on the Eve of the Civil War (1984), and with James Roark, Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South (1984). He is co-author of The American Promise: A History of the United States (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998), The American Promise: A History of the United States, Compact Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000), and editor of Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents (Bedford/St. Martin's, 1998).From Library Journal:
Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War are three topics that continue to interest both scholarly and popular readers. Johnson (history, Johns Hopkins), the author of numerous historical studies and texts, including Reading the American Past: Selected Historical Documents, uses Lincoln's own utterances to shed light on the thought of this intriguing public figure and to tell the story of this highly significant conflict. This volume contains more than 170 samples of Lincoln's private and public writings arranged around relevant topics with informative headnotes, a chronology, and questions to challenge the reader and fuel debate. This is a good acquisition for academic and public libraries of all sizes, but for more comprehensive coverage libraries might choose the classic texts Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Philip Van Doren Stern (Modern Library, 1999) or the two-volume Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859-1865, edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher (Library of America, 1989).DTheresa McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.
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