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It begins with the search for hallowed ground, the exact place from which Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. In bleak November, Kent Gramm makes a pilgrimage to the most famous battleground in American history and over the course of a month transforms his search into a discovery of the meaning of Lincoln's elegy for America's identity.

For Gramm, the century that began with Lincoln's address and ended with the assassinations of the 1960s saw the destruction of the 'modern' world and with it America's sense of purpose. The book reflects on the November anniversaries of public events such as the Armistice that ended World War One, Kristallnacht, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the death of C. S. Lewis, the first major battle of the Vietnam War, and the publication of Robert F. Kennedy's To Seek a Newer World, and also on private events in Gramm's family history, provide the occasions for Gramm's meditations on public and private heroism, on modernism's hopes and postmodern despair. In November, he asks us to seek a path toward the 'new birth of freedom' that Lincoln envisioned at Gettysburg.

"The month begins with things that perish. But ultimately, November is a journey of hope, as was Lincoln's journey to Gettysburg. So too I will journey to Gettysburg in these pages. Like Lincoln's fellow citizens, I go there to assuage personal grief, to find answers; and I hope, for me as for them, that my personal sorrows become a vehicle for larger answers and a larger purpose. Lincoln addressed their grief, why not mine; he gave his generation purpose, why not ours."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. November
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. November 1: Years Ago (All Saints)
  2. pp. 13-18
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  1. November 2: Our Fathers (L. L.)
  2. pp. 19-29
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  1. November 3: Brought Forth (Pen and Sword)
  2. pp. 30-40
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  1. November 4: In Vain (Lycidas)
  2. pp. 41-62
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  1. November 5: The Living and the Dead (Character)
  2. pp. 63-72
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  1. November 9: Never Forget (Nights of Broken Glass)
  2. pp. 73-76
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  1. November 11: Long Endure (Armistice Day)
  2. pp. 77-83
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  1. November 14: The Brave Men (Ia Drang)
  2. pp. 84-95
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  1. November 15: A Great Civil War (Virginia Wade)
  2. pp. 96-105
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  1. November 16: Final Resting Place (Sanctuary)
  2. pp. 106-118
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  1. November 17: What We Say Here (The Other Address)
  2. pp. 119-122
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  1. November 18: We Have Come to Dedicate (The Visitor)
  2. pp. 123-130
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  1. November 19: The Gettysburg Address
  2. pp. 131-161
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  1. November 20: That Cause (Confederate Rose)
  2. pp. 162-170
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  1. November 21: The World Will Little Note (Futility)
  2. pp. 171-181
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  1. November 22: A Larger Sense (Dallas and Oxford)
  2. pp. 182-192
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  1. November 23: For Us, the Living (Weep No More)
  2. pp. 193-195
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  1. November 24: The Last Full Measure of Devotion (Ulysses)
  2. pp. 196-212
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  1. November 25: Unfinished Work (JFK)
  2. pp. 213-227
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  1. November 26: Shall Not Perish (Beautiful and Brave)
  2. pp. 228-250
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  1. November 27: Highly Resolve (Thanksgiving)
  2. pp. 251-257
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  1. November 28: These Honored Dead (Elegy)
  2. pp. 258-266
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  1. November 29: Under God (Winter Saturday)
  2. pp. 266-272
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  1. November 30: New Birth (Advent)
  2. pp. 273-284
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  1. APPENDIX I: Modernism and Postmodernism
  2. pp. 285-292
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  1. APPENDIX II: Lycidas
  2. pp. 293-297
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  1. APPENDIX III: Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard
  2. pp. 298-301
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  1. APPENDIX IV: Anthem for Doomed Youth
  2. pp. 302-302
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  1. APPRECIATION
  2. pp. 303-304
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  1. NOTES ON THE SOURCES
  2. pp. 305-316
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 317-326
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253108609
Related ISBN
9780253340320
MARC Record
OCLC
50174755
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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