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Speeches & Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865   By: (1809-1865)

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In his remarkable collection, Abraham Lincoln's Speeches & Letters, readers are given a unique opportunity to delve into the mind of one of America's most influential figures. Spanning the years 1832 to 1865, this compilation offers an incredibly comprehensive view of Lincoln's thoughts, beliefs, and political journey.

The first aspect that strikes me about this book is the sincerity with which Lincoln expresses himself. From the very beginning, readers are exposed to his humble beginnings, allowing us to understand the impassioned perspective that shaped his political career. It is through his letters and speeches that we witness the evolution of his ideas and the immense growth of his wisdom over the years.

One cannot ignore the remarkable skill Lincoln displays in his eloquence. His speeches, most notably the iconic Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address, effortlessly blend sorrow, hope, and a profound sense of duty. Lincoln's words have an enduring power, as they continue to resonate long after he uttered them. Through his speeches, we bear witness to his ability to unite a divided nation and ignite a sense of collective purpose.

The book also sheds light on Lincoln's personal struggles and moments of introspection. Through his letters, we can observe his vulnerabilities and doubts as well as his determination and resilience. The letters provide invaluable insights into his relationships, his leadership style, and his firm commitment to justice and equality. We see a side of Lincoln that is not often highlighted in historical accounts, bringing him closer to us as a human being rather than just a political legend.

Furthermore, the collection's organization enhances the reader's experience, enabling us to track Lincoln's progression as a thinker and statesman. The chronological arrangement illuminates the impact of significant events and challenges he faced, giving us a clear understanding of how his views shaped American history. It also provides valuable context for the political landscape of the time, making this book a valuable resource for both history enthusiasts and scholars alike.

However, it is worth noting that this collection is not an extensive biography of Lincoln's life, but a specific compilation of his speeches and letters. While this focus allows readers to delve deeply into Lincoln's thoughts, it may leave some desiring a broader narrative of his life and accomplishments. Nevertheless, for those seeking to understand Lincoln's beliefs and principles, this collection offers an unparalleled glimpse into his mind and the political climate within which he operated.

In conclusion, Speeches & Letters by Abraham Lincoln is an invaluable addition to any library interested in American history or the art of rhetoric. Lincoln's words continue to inspire generations, and this compilation allows readers to bear witness to the brilliance of his oratory and the sincerity of his convictions. It is a testament to the enduring power of his ideas and serves as a timeless reminder of his lasting legacy as one of America's greatest leaders.

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London: Published by J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd and in New York by E.P. Dutton & Co

First issue of this Edition 1907; Reprinted 1909, 1910, 1912

Mr. Bryce's Introduction to 'Lincoln's Speeches' is printed from plates made and type set by the University Press, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.

Taken by permission from 'The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln,' Century Company, 1894



No man since Washington has become to Americans so familiar or so beloved a figure as Abraham Lincoln. He is to them the representative and typical American, the man who best embodies the political ideals of the nation. He is typical in the fact that he sprang from the masses of the people, that he remained through his whole career a man of the people, that his chief desire was to be in accord with the beliefs and wishes of the people, that he never failed to trust in the people and to rely on their support. Every native American knows his life and his speeches. His anecdotes and witticisms have passed into the thought and the conversation of the whole nation as those of no other statesman have done... Continue reading book >>

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