Abraham Lincoln, the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters

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Boyds Mills Press, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 106 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Altarasabine - LibraryThing

A collection of what is considered Lincoln's greatest speeches and personal correspondence. A great little book that also contains information of the limited education and life of Lincoln. Before each ... Read full review

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User Review  - HistoryTeacher2 - LibraryThing

An interesting representation of Lincoln that focuses on the president's development as a writer. Includes personal letters, notes on the law, excerpts from speeches, debates, and inaugural addresses ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Harold Holzer is the author of The Lincoln Mailbag; The Lincoln Image; Lincoln on Democracy; Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President; and for young readers The Civil War Era.  He is vice president for communications at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and lives in Rye, New York.  Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, served as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 35 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. He has won many research and writing awards, most recently the National Humanities Medal in 2008. Holzer is a former journalist, and political and government press secretary.

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