Eloquent President A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words

ISBN-10: 0812970462

ISBN-13: 9780812970463

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Authors: Ronald C. White
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Description: " White takes us back to when great men believed in the power of words to change the world. . . . This book . . . is a treasure to read, a spur to thinking, a small volume with fascinating history." - The Denver Post In The Eloquent President, historian Ronald C. White, Jr., examines Abraham Lincoln' s astonishing oratory and explores his growth as a leader, a communicator, and a man of deepening spiritual conviction. Examining a different speech, address, or public letter in each chapter, White tracks the evolution of Lincoln' s rhetoric from the measured tones of the First Inaugural to the immortal poetry of the Gettysburg Address. As he weighs the biblical cadences and vigorous parallel structures that make Lincoln' s rhetoric soar, White identifies a passionate religious strain that most historians have overlooked. It is White' s contention that, as president, Lincoln not only grew into an inspiring leader and determined commander in chief, but also embarked on a spiritual odyssey that led to a profound understanding of the relationship between human action and divine will. With grace and insight, White captures the essence of the four most critical years of Lincoln' s life and makes his great words live for our time in all their power and beauty.

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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.

Chronology
Index to Lincoln Speeches and Texts
Prologue
"With a Task Before me Greater Than... Washington": Farewell Address at Springfield, February 11, 1861
"This, his Almost Chosen People": Speeches and Remarks Train Trip from Springfield to Washington, February 11-23, 1861
"The Mystic Chords of Memory": First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861
"This is...a People's Contest": Message to Congress in Special Session, July 4, 1861
"My Paramount Object in this Struggle": Reply to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862
"God Wills this Contest": Meditation on the Divine Will, September 2(?), 1862
"We Cannot Escape History": Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862
"You Say You Will Not Fight to Free Negroes": Letter to the Rally at Springfield, August 26, 1863
"This Nation, Under God, Shall Have a New Birth of Freedom": Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
"I Claim Not to Have Controlled Events": "Little Speech" to Albert G. Hodges, April 4, 1864
"With Malice Toward None; With Charity for All": Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865
Epilogue
Farewell Address at Springfield, February 11, 1861
Speeches and Remarks, Train Trip from Springfield to Washington, February 11-23, 1861
First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861
Message to Congress in Special Session, July 4, 1861
Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862
Meditation on the Divine Will, September 2(?), 1862
Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862
Abraham Lincoln to James C. Conkling, Letter to the Springfield Rally, August 26, 1863
Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
"Little Speech" to Albert G. Hodges, April 4, 1864
Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Acknowledgments
Index
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