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Lincoln's Greatest Speech - (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library) by Ronald C White (Paperback)

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  • As the day for Lincoln's second inauguration drew near, Americans wondered what their sixteenth president would say about the Civil War.
  • Author(s): Ronald C White
  • 256 Pages
  • History, United States
  • Series Name: Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library

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About the Book



In the tradition of Wills's "Lincoln at Gettysburg, Lincoln's Greatest Speech" combines impeccable scholarship and lively, engaging writing to reveal the full meaning of one of the greatest speeches in the nation's history.



Book Synopsis



As the day for Lincoln's second inauguration drew near, Americans wondered what their sixteenth president would say about the Civil War. Would Lincoln guide the nation toward "Reconstruction"? What about the slaves? They had been emancipated, but what about the matter of suffrage?When Lincoln finally stood before his fellow countrymen on March 4, 1865, and had only 703 words to share, the American public was stunned. The President had not offered the North a victory speech, nor did he excoriate the South for the sin of slavery. Instead, he called the whole country guilty of the sin and pleaded for reconciliation and unity. In this compelling account, noted historian Ronald C. White Jr. shows how Lincoln's speech was initially greeted with confusion and hostility by many in the Union; commended by the legions of African Americans in attendance, abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass among them; and ultimately appropriated by his assassin John Wilkes Booth forty-one days later. Filled with all the facts and factors surrounding the Second Inaugural, Lincoln's Greatest Speech is both an important historical document and a thoughtful analysis of Lincoln's moral and rhetorical genius.



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"In lucid prose, White explores each level and places the Second Inaugural in a broad historical and theological context." -- James M. Mcpherson
Dimensions (Overall): 9.2 Inches (H) x 6.16 Inches (W) x .65 Inches (D)
Weight: .69 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: United States
Series Title: Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Author: Ronald C White
Language: English
Street Date: November 7, 2006
TCIN: 11988746
UPC: 9780743299626
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-6909
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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