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Abraham Lincoln the writer : a treasury of his greatest speeches and letters
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, PA. : Boyds Mills Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
106 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 26 cm
A collection of speeches and letters of Abraham Lincoln, with brief introductions that provice historical background. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white archival photographs.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.4 4.0 35625.
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E457.92 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
E457.92 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E457.92 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E457.92 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Abraham Lincoln was not only one of America's greatest presidents, but one of America's most gifted writers. In the years before radio and television could bring our leaders into our living rooms, Lincoln communicated to citizens through powerful letters and brilliant speeches. He even wrote poetry! Noted Lincoln scholar and lecturer Harold Holzer gathers Abraham Lincoln's greatest writings--from his early rhymes composed when he was about sixteen to his speech to Indiana soldiers deliveredless than a month before his death--and illustrates them with poignant archival black-and-white photographs and prints. Holzer divides the book into two parts--The Illinois Years: 1825-1860 and The White House Years: 1861-1865--and provides detailed backgrounds to these important stages of Lincoln's life. Each writing is also accompanied by an introduction that offers historical background. And the timeline of key events in Lincoln's life helps put this extraordinary figure in perspective. Holzer proves that there is no better way to get to know Lincoln than through the magic of his words.

Author Notes

Harold Holzer works as vice president for communications at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He lives in Rye, New York.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. Holzer, a Lincoln enthusiast with several books to his credit, pulls together a collection of writings beginning with rhymes in the margins of young Abe's arithmetic book and ending with official and unofficial words from the presidential years. The introduction offers a brief look at Lincoln's life as a man who valued the power of words. Each excerpt is offered with an introduction of its own, providing readers with a historical perspective, and a context that gives meaning to the selection. Lincoln's writings include personal letters, notes on the law, excerpts from speeches, debates, and inaugural addresses, letters to parents of fallen soldiers, and telegrams to his family. Reproductions of period photos, portraits, and documents illustrate the text effectively, though some pictures appear twice, first in the introduction and again as illustrations for Lincoln's writings. Highly interesting and a fine resource for students seeking quotations or for those wanting to meet Lincoln through his own words. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Holzer presents a sampling of writings that offer a unique look at the 16th president's life and the power of his words. The introduction, "Lincoln in His Own Write," reviews the man's development as a writer. The first section traces his career as lawyer, congressman, Senate candidate, until his acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination. It includes early poems; letters to his wife and brother; notes on the law, the role of government, and democracy; and excerpts from speeches on the Dred Scott Decision and a "House Divided," as well as from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. "The White House Years, 1861-1865" illuminates the president through his inaugural addresses, letters to generals, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and letters to his sons. Each sample of writing is preceded by an informative introduction. An excellent selection of archival black-and-white photographs and reproductions enriches the text. This valuable compilation offers insight into the man and the leader, revealing his words and deeds, his humor and dedication.-Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Lincoln in His Own Writep. 9
Section 1 The Illinois Years, 1825-1860p. 19
Rhymes from His Practice Book - 1825p. 23
Protesting Slavery - March 3, 1837p. 25
From "My Childhood-Home I See Again" - February 1846p. 26
Lonely Congressman Misses His Family-April 16, 1848p. 28
How to Be a Good Lawyer-July 1, 1850 [?]p. 30
Refusing to Visit His Dying Father-January 12, 1851p. 33
What Government Should Do-July 1, 1854 [?]p. 34
From a Speech on the Dred Scott Decision-June 26, 1857p. 35
From the "House Divided" Speech-June 16, 1858p. 36
His Idea of Democracy-August 1, 1858 [?]p. 38
Excerpts from the Lincoln-Douglas Debates August-October 1858p. 39
From Lincoln's Speech at the First Debatep. 40
From Lincoln's Speech at the Third Debatep. 41
From Lincoln's Speech at the Fourth Debatep. 42
From Lincoln's Speech at the Fifth Debatep. 43
From Lincoln's Speech at the Seventh Debatep. 43
From His Cooper Union Address-February 27, 1860p. 44
Accepting the Nomination for President-May 19, 1860p. 45
Section 2 The White House Years, 1861-1865p. 47
Farewell Address-February 11, 1861p. 53
Speech in Independence Hall-February 22, 1861p. 54
From HIs First Inaugural Address-March 4, 1861p. 55
To the Parents of a Dead Hero-May 25, 1861p. 57
From an Independence Day Message to Congress-July 4, 1861p. 59
A Job Recommendation-October 17, 1861p. 60
Reply to the "Prayer of Twenty Millions"-August 22, 1862p. 62
From His First Annual Message to Congress-December 1, 1862p. 64
Sympathy for a Dead Hero-December 23, 1862p. 65
The Final Emancipation Proclamation-January 1, 1863p. 67
A Nightmare About His Son-June 9, 1863p. 71
Congratulating a Victorious General-July 13, 1863p. 72
Begging His College Student Son to Write Home-July 14, 1863p. 73
Bad News for Tad: His Pet Goat Vanishes-August 8, 1863p. 74
Husband Misses Wife-September 21, 1863p. 75
The Gettysburg Address-November 19, 1863p. 76
Urging That Blacks Be Allowed to Vote-March 13, 1864p. 78
A Thought on the Evils of Slavery-March 22, 1864p. 79
Responding to Children's Plea for Freedom-April 5, 1864p. 79
"A Good Definition" of Liberty-April 18, 1864p. 80
Father and Goats Are Fine-April 28, 1864p. 81
Speech to an Ohio Regiment-August 22, 1864p. 82
The "Bixby Letter"-November 21, 1864p. 84
His Second Inaugural Address-March 4, 1865p. 85
A Lifelong Belief in Freedom-March 17, 1865p. 88
Abraham Lincoln: His Life Story, Year by Yearp. 91
Indexp. 99