Editor: Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg College

Editor: Richard Beeman

Introduction by: Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg College



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As president, Abraham Lincoln endowed the American language with a vigor and moral energy that have all but disappeared from today’s public rhetoric. His words are testaments of our history, windows into his enigmatic personality, and resonant examples of the writer’s art. Renowned Lincoln and Civil War scholar Allen C. Guelzo brings together this volume of Lincoln Speeches that span the classic and obscure, the lyrical and historical, the inspirational and intellectual. The book contains everything from classic speeches that any citizen would recognize—the first debate with Stephen Douglas, the “House Divided” Speech, the Gettysburg Address, the Second Inaugural Address—to the less known ones that professed Lincoln fans will come to enjoy and intellectuals and critics praise. These orations show the contours of the civic dilemmas Lincoln, and America itself, encountered: the slavery issue, state v. federal power, citizens and their duty, death and destruction, the coming of freedom, the meaning of the Constitution, and what it means to progress. [From the publisher]



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Penguin Books


New York


Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, rhetoric, emancipation, inaugural, Stephen Douglas, House Divided, Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation


Cultural History | History | Military History | Political History | Rhetoric and Composition | Social History | Social Influence and Political Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies | United States History


Civil War Era Studies


Attached is the introduction of Dr. Allen C. Guelzo's book, Lincoln's Speeches.

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