Lincoln's Greatest Speech The Second Inaugural

ISBN-10: 0743299620
ISBN-13: 9780743299626
Edition: 2006
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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Filled with all the facts and factors surrounding the Second Inaugural, Lincoln's Greatest Speech is both an important historical document and a thoughtful analysis of Lincoln's moral and rhetorical genius.

Ronald C. White, Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in California. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1961 with a B.A., received an M.Div. in 1964 from Princeton Theological Seminary, and earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1972. He also studied as a World Council of Churches Scholar at Lincoln Theological College in England. White has written several books, including three on Abraham Lincoln: The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, and A. Lincoln: A Biography. He has also been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. White is Professor of American Religious History Emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and he has taught at UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, Colorado College, Fuller Seminary, and Rider University.

Handwritten Text of the Second Inaugural
Printed Text of the Second Inaugural
Inauguration Day
"At this second appearing..."
"And the war came."
"...somehow, the cause of the war..."
"Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God..."
"The Almighty has His own purposes."
"...every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword..."
"With malice toward none; with charity for all..."
"...better than anything I have produced, but...it is not immediately popular."
Epilogue
The Text of the Second Inaugural Address
Lincoln's "Little Speech": Letter to Albert G. Hodges
Abraham Lincoln: "Meditation on the Divine Will"
Notes
Bibliography
Index TO Other Lincoln Texts
AcknowledgmentS
Index
Photography Credits

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