Abraham Lincoln, Public Speaker
Publication Year: 1993
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
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Five chapters were previously published in different form in the Lincoln Herald:Chapter II, as "Abraham Lincoln's 'Little Engine,'" in LXXXIX (Summer, 1987), 66-70; Chapter III, as '"Kindly Let Me Be Silent,'" in LXXXVI (Winter, 1984), 195-202;Chapter VI, as "The Lasting Qualities of the Gettysburg Address," in LXXXVII(Summer, 1985), 35-38; Chapter VIII, as "Lincoln's Voice," in LXVII (Fall, 1965),...
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...approximately twenty-five years, and I have sensed the spirit ofAbraham Lincoln at the various shrines, historical displays, andspecialized libraries devoted to him. In pursuing my research anddeveloping insights, I have incurred many obligations to mentors,ment and inspiration. To all who assisted me I wish to express my deep...
INTRODUCTION: Literary Artist or Speaker?
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...any village in the central Illinois Eighth Judicial District (about 100 by150 miles in area) and inquired about Abraham Lincoln, the reporterperhaps even ugly, man of the people, a poor white Kentuckian, or anall-around westerner. They would have identified him as a storyteller,a lawyer, a talkative Whig, and an entertaining stump speaker—a...
I: "ANY POOR MAN'S SON": The Public Image of Lincoln
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...public image can be in winning elections. The boyish haircut of JohnE Kennedy is said to have added to his appeal; Jimmy Carter made nosecret of the fact that he was a born-again Christian; and Ronald andNancy Reagan are adept at revealing signs of their conservatism. Somepublic figures pay thousands of dollars to promote attractive views of...
II: ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S "LITTLE ENGINE": His Political Speaking, 1854–1860
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...gathered his robes about him, waiting for the people to call him, has aalways planning ahead. His ambition was a little engine that knew nooften limited to what has been written about his seven famous debateswith Stephen A. Douglas in 1858. "The confrontations on the Illinoisprairies," wrote Robert W Johannsen, "have often been wrenched out...
III: "KINDLY LET ME BE SILENT": A Reluctant Lincoln
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...his two inaugural speeches and the Gettysburg Address, but they arelikely to say little about the remainder of his presidential speaking.Because the three masterpieces were well prepared and polished inmanuscript and because emphasis is often placed on his letters andstate papers, which constitute accessible source material, some critics...
IV: "A REMORSELESS ANALYZER": Lincoln's Speech Preparation
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...speeches "were made for practical effect" and that "he never spokemerely to be heard," he could well have been commenting on his ownrhetorical career. Busy in the courtroom, at political meetings andconventions, and later in the presidency, Lincoln never took time toexplain his rhetorical theory or practice, or to pontificate on elo-...
V: THE FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS: A Study of Strategy and Persuasion
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...aptly describes Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address as "compassand chart—standards, reasonings, declarations of faith, assurances,persuasions ... a focus in a fateful and shifting story." Informedhighly for its wisdom and its literary quality. But critics sometimesshow awareness of little more than what appears on the printed page,...
VI: THE LASTING QUALITIES OF THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
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...tions of doctoral candidates sometimes bring out unexpected answers.candidates with an easy question, asked, "What is your opinion of theGettysburg Address?" Without hesitating, the student responded, "Itwas a failure." Somewhat surprised to hear that conclusion comingfrom a student majoring in public address, Williams naturally sought...
VII: "WITH CHARITY FOR ALL": The Second Inaugural Address as Persuasion
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...is equally true of the Second, delivered March 4,1865. In the words ofassurance, and persuasion. The First served as the prologue; theSecond, as the epilogue to "a fearful and shifting story." Coming aftermany difficult decisions and the great anxiety of the war, this remark-able address, compact in composition and meaning, provided reveal-...
VIII: "PENETRATING AND FAR-REACHING": Lincoln's Voice
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New Birth of Freedom is detailed and exhaustive in its analysis of thecontributing factors, the speech preparation, the occasion, the sourcesof the ideas and language, the holographs, and the immediate andsubsequent reactions. But the book, like many others, gives scantattention to what Warren refers to in one place as "the Presidents...
IX: "A WESTERN MAN": Lincoln's Appearance and Delivery
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...have inquired about such personal details as his daily routine, hair,exact measurements, reading habits, purchases at the local store, bankdeposits, love affairs, marital life, churchgoing, mental health, andservers have produced reminiscences, detailing memories, opinions,and hearsay. And what they could not remember they simply made up,...
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Page Count: 120
Publication Year: 1993