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Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural

White, Ronald C., Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0743212983 / ISBN 13: 9780743212984
Published by Simon and Schuster, New York, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second ...

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Printing

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A fascinating and relevatory volume details Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, drawn from his rhetorical genius, biblical learning, and a lifetime of moral contemplation, transforming the meaning of the Civil War and offering the moral framework for peace and unity nationwide. 35,000 first printing.

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In the tradition of Garry Wills's modern classic Lincoln at Gettysburg, Ronald C. White Jr. offers a close reading of the speech Abraham Lincoln gave in 1865 at his second inauguration and declares it the man's finest and most important effort. It contains one of Lincoln's best-known lines ("With malice toward none; with charity for all"), which White admires as "a timeless promise of reconciliation." At the same time, White reminds readers that rather than yanking such brilliant rhetorical nuggets from their context, "We need to understand Lincoln's strategy for the complete speech." He provides this in some detail, describing the political environment in which Lincoln found himself, having recently won a presidential election that he nearly lost and also seeing the Confederacy begin to collapse for good. It was not a long speech, containing only 701 words of mostly one syllable each and requiring merely six or seven minutes to deliver, compared to about 35 minutes for the inaugural address he had given four years earlier. White calls these words Lincoln's "last will and testament to America." John Wilkes Booth, who attended the inaugural ceremony, would murder him the next month. Lincoln buffs in particular will appreciate this book, as will fans of Jay Winik's April 1865. --John Miller

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