The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address

Perspectives on Lincoln's Greatest Speech

Book - 2015
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It remains without question the most memorable and memorized speech in American history. In 272 words, spoken on November 19, 1863, among the freshly dug graves of the Union dead at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Abraham Lincoln evoked and distilled the profound significance of the terrible war in which the nation was engaged. This volume aims to place Lincoln's words in their full context. Edited by the country's leading scholars, including Sean Wilentz, Craig L. Symonds, and Harold Holzer, it approaches the Address from a number of fresh perspectives. Taken together, they show why in the century and a half since it was delivered, the Gettysburg Address has proven a seemingly inexhaustible source of somber reflection and soaring hope, its language echoed by those seeking meaning for their own struggles and sacrifices.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Oxford University Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780190227456
9780190227449
Characteristics: xvi, 350 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Conant, Sean
Contents: Part I. Influences
Classical democracy and the Gettysburg Address / Nicholas P. Cole
"We here highly resolve": the end of compromise and the return to revolutionary time / Robert Pierce Forbes
Democracy at Gettysburg / Sean Wilentz
Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, and the Gettysburg Address / Craig L. Symonds
"Of all, by all, for all": Theodore Parker, transcendentalism, and the Gettysburg Address / Dean Grodzins
Death and the Gettysburg Address / Mark S. Schantz
Shared suffering and the way to Gettysburg / Chandra Manning
Little note, long remember: Lincoln and the murk of myth at Gettysburg / Allen C. Guelzo
Part II. Impacts
"A new birth of freedom": emancipation and the Gettysburg Address / Louis P. Masur
"The great task remaining before us": Lincoln and Reconstruction / George Rutherglen
Immigration and the Gettysburg Address: nationalism and equality at the gates / Alison Clark Efford
Engendering the Gettysburg Address: its meaning for women / Jean H. Baker
The Gettysburg Address and civil rights / Raymond Arsenault
Widely noted and long remembered: the Gettysburg Address around the world / Don H. Doyle
The search for meaning in Lincoln's great oration / Thomas A. Desjardin.
Summary: It remains without question the most memorable and memorized speech in American history. In 272 words, spoken on November 19, 1863, among the freshly dug graves of the Union dead at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Abraham Lincoln evoked and distilled the profound significance of the terrible war in which the nation was engaged. This volume aims to place Lincoln's words in their full context. Edited by the country's leading scholars, including Sean Wilentz, Craig L. Symonds, and Harold Holzer, it approaches the Address from a number of fresh perspectives. Taken together, they show why in the century and a half since it was delivered, the Gettysburg Address has proven a seemingly inexhaustible source of somber reflection and soaring hope, its language echoed by those seeking meaning for their own struggles and sacrifices.

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