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Originally published in 2005. Throughout the fractious years of the mid-nineteenth century, Abraham Lincoln's speeches imparted reason and guidance to a troubled nation. Lincoln's words were never universally praised. But they resonated with fellow legislators and the public, especially when he spoke on such volatile subjects as mob rule, temperance, the Mexican War, slavery and its expansion, and the justice of a war for freedom and union. In this close examination, John Channing Briggs reveals how the process of studying, writing, and delivering speeches helped Lincoln develop the ideas with which he would so profoundly change history. Briggs follows Lincoln's thought process through a careful chronological reading of his oratory, ranging from Lincoln's 1838 speech to the Springfield Lyceum to his second inaugural address. Recalling David Herbert Donald's celebrated revisionist essays (Lincoln Reconsidered, 1947), Briggs's study provides students of Lincoln with new insight into his words, intentions, and image.

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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Note on Sources
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  1. Introduction: The Mind of the Persuader
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  1. Rhetorical Contexts
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  1. The Lyceum Address: “On the Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions”
  2. pp. 29-57
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  1. The Temperance Address: Moral Reform and Emancipation
  2. pp. 58-81
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  1. The Speech on the War with Mexico and the Eulogy for Zachary Taylor: Injustice and Heroic Virtue
  2. pp. 82-112
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  1. The Eulogy for Henry Clay: Persuasion and/or Principle
  2. pp. 113-133
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  1. The Kansas-Nebraska Speech: Popular Sovereignty and Self-Government
  2. pp. 134-163
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  1. The “House Divided” Speech: The Logic of Hopeful Resolve
  2. pp. 164-183
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  1. Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions: Self-Government and Arts of Literacy
  2. pp. 184-220
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  1. The Milwaukee Address: Thorough Farming and Self-Government
  2. pp. 221-236
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  1. The Cooper Union Address: The Empirical Wager
  2. pp. 237-256
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  1. Presidential Eloquence and Political Religion: Governing “in the Providence of God”
  2. pp. 257-280
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  1. The Farewell Address: “Let us confidently hope”
  2. pp. 281-296
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  1. The First Inaugural, the Gettysburg Address, and the Second Inaugural: Providence and Persuasion
  2. pp. 297-327
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  1. Postscript: The Letter to Mrs. Bixby: Secular Scripture
  2. pp. 328-335
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 337-361
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421437477
Related ISBN
9781421437460
MARC Record
OCLC
1135428173
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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