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The Writings of Abraham Lincoln — Volume 1: 1832-1843   By: (1809-1865)

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Abraham Lincoln's writings offer a fascinating glimpse into the mind of one of America's most influential leaders. Volume 1 covers the early years of Lincoln's political career, from his time as a state legislator in Illinois to his early years as a lawyer and aspiring politician.

The collection is a treasure trove of letters, speeches, and essays that showcase Lincoln's keen intellect, sharp wit, and unwavering dedication to the principles of liberty and equality. From his early musings on the nature of government to his impassioned arguments against slavery, Lincoln's words ring true with a moral clarity that still resonates today.

One of the most striking aspects of the volume is Lincoln's ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and accessible manner. His writing is direct, concise, and filled with the kind of simple wisdom that has made him a beloved figure in American history.

Overall, Volume 1 of Lincoln's writings is a must-read for anyone interested in the life and legacy of this iconic figure. It offers a window into his early years and provides valuable insights into the beliefs and principles that would shape his presidency and ultimately change the course of American history.

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By Abraham Lincoln

Edited by Arthur Brooks Lapsley

With an Introduction by Theodore Roosevelt

The Essay on Lincoln by Carl Schurz

The Address on Lincoln by Joseph Choate



Immediately after Lincoln's re election to the Presidency, in an off hand speech, delivered in response to a serenade by some of his admirers on the evening of November 10, 1864, he spoke as follows:

"It has long been a grave question whether any government not too strong for the liberties of its people can be strong enough to maintain its existence in great emergencies. On this point, the present rebellion brought our republic to a severe test, and the Presidential election, occurring in regular course during the rebellion, added not a little to the strain.... The strife of the election is but human nature practically applied to the facts in the case. What has occurred in this case must ever occur in similar cases. Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged... Continue reading book >>

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